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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 Florence, 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 Florence, 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 Florence 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 Florence, 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 Florence'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 Florence.

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

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 Florence, 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 Florence, 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 Florence, 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 Florence, 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 Florence, 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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Dudley fulfills dream as Miss South Carolina

FLORENCE — Third time’s the charm or at least it was for Jill Dudley who competed as Miss Hartsville in the 85th Miss South Carolina competition Saturday night and was crowned the new Miss South Carolina.She will now compete in the Miss America pageant.“This has been a dream of mine,” said Dudley in a phone interview on Monday with the Morning News.As the last two top five contestants standing, Miss Florence, Berkley Bryant, and Dudley waited to hear which would be crowned Miss South Carolina 2022...

FLORENCE — Third time’s the charm or at least it was for Jill Dudley who competed as Miss Hartsville in the 85th Miss South Carolina competition Saturday night and was crowned the new Miss South Carolina.

She will now compete in the Miss America pageant.

“This has been a dream of mine,” said Dudley in a phone interview on Monday with the Morning News.

As the last two top five contestants standing, Miss Florence, Berkley Bryant, and Dudley waited to hear which would be crowned Miss South Carolina 2022.

What was going through her mind at the time? Dudley said, “I just prayed, thanking God for putting me up here and to keep me calm.”

When she was announced the winner, Dudley dropped to her knees.

As first runner-up, should Dudley become Miss America, Bryant would take over as Miss South Carolina.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” Dudley said.

She said she dropped to the ground a second time before the crown was placed on her head and she waved to the crowd as the new Miss South Carolina.

A talent preliminary winner on Tuesday night and the overall talent award recipient on Saturday night, Dudley was also named for the third year in a row by fellow contestants as Miss Congeniality.

This is something Dudley said she is very proud of because it means each time a different group of contestants thought enough of her to name her Miss Congeniality.

She also received the Chaz Ellis Style Award and the Joel Connable Memorial Scholarship for her work with Diabetes Awareness Award.

Dudley’s social impact is Luke’s Legacy – Advocacy for Diabetes Awareness, Education, and Prevention.

In addition to all of the awards, Dudley said she received $65,250.00 in scholarship money.

She said it will pay off her student loans and give her some for law school.

She hopes to obtain her juris doctorate at the University Of South Carolina School Of Law in the future.

Dudley, 22, is from Socastee. Her first time competing for the Miss South Carolina title was as Miss Teal and Bronze in 2019. She made the top 15.

“I needed money for books,” she said.

An English major at Coastal Carolina, Dudley said she had a lot of books to purchase. The scholarship money she earned helped pay for the books.

The second time she competed Dudley said she made top 10.

She said she encourages all young women to never give up on their dreams,

“It took me three locals to get to the state win,” she said. “If I gave up at the first try, I would not have become Miss South Carolina.”

Dudley said each time she competed she gained more confidence. She said the first time she competed she was intimidated. The second year she was a little more confident, but she didn’t really know what it meant to be Miss South Carolina. She said she went to the pageant this year to be her authentic self, to show confidence and poise and her passion for her social impact topic of diabetes.

When asked by the judges on stage why she should be Miss South Carolina Dudley talked about her intended work with diabetes.

“I will treat it like a job,” she said.

Dudley credits the Hartsville preliminary pageant and her local directors, Tilethia Lane and Brittany Douglas, for guiding her this year and helping her develop as a person.

“I spent a lot of time in Hartsville and got to know the community,” she said.

She said it can be difficult if you are not from the community you represent.

In the first few days as Miss South Carolina, Dudley said she has hit the ground running. They are already working on appearances and interview request.

She wants to start touring schools in September, bringing children her message about diabetes. She also wants to work with local hospitals on a Diabetes Prevention program.

Dudley said as Miss Hartsville she had more than 1,000 business cards printed up with QR codes on the back to American Diabetes Association website for information.

Although passionate about her social impact program, Dudley said her favorite part of the competition is talent, because it is what sets the Miss American competition apart from other pageant systems. Dudley said she started singing in high school and continued at Coastal in the concert choir.

On stage Saturday night, she performed a vocal rendition of “Never Enough.”

She is not sure if she will sing the same song for the Miss American competition in December or change to another song.

Runners-up for the title of Miss South Carolina were: Miss Florence, Berkley Bryant, first runner up; Miss Columbia, Jada Samuel, second runner up; Miss Clemson, Tara Moore, third runner up; and Miss Greenville County, Sarah Kay Wrenn, fourth runner up. Rounding out the top 10 were Miss Darlington, Catherine Smith; Miss Greater Greer, Rachel Carter; Miss Inman, Maria Julianne Phillips; Miss Myrtle Beach, Brooke Vu; and Miss River City, Catie Rawl.

Miss Clemson Teen, Piper Holt, was crowned Miss South Carolina Teen 2022.

Dudley graduated cum laude from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in English and minor in political science in May 2021. A student at the University of South Carolina, Dudley completed their Paralegal program in March to become a SC Certified paralegal.

She is the daughter of Debi Guernsey and Mark Dudley. She is a high school track and cross-country record holder. She has a younger and older brother.

Editorial: SC employment numbers are great, but inflation threatens to change that

Dan Ellzey, director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, reported in June that with a statewide unemployment rate of 3.3%, our state has about 73,000 more people working than before the pandemic and a higher labor force participation rate.These are signs of strong demand, and in noninflationary times, they would portray a very healthy economy. The figures are even more impressive for the state’s e...

Dan Ellzey, director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, reported in June that with a statewide unemployment rate of 3.3%, our state has about 73,000 more people working than before the pandemic and a higher labor force participation rate.

These are signs of strong demand, and in noninflationary times, they would portray a very healthy economy. The figures are even more impressive for the state’s eight major metropolitan areas. Six of the eight, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville and Spartanburg, have unemployment rates below the state average. Sumter has a 3.6% rate, and Myrtle Beach is at a still-quite-low 3.8%

But these are inflationary times. The national inflation rate for the 12 months that ended in May was 8.6%, the highest in 40 years. The rate is higher in some places and lower in others, and it affects different people differently. For example, if you are not in the market for an automobile or furniture, the rise in cost for those items will not affect you. If you own your house or have a mortgage at a reasonable interest rate or a long-term rental contract or live in subsidized rental property, you won’t be affected by sharply rising housing costs.

But everyone consumes energy and food, and the skyrocketing prices of these commodities, caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine, affects everyone. The larger the share of your budget you devote to food and energy, the more inflation will hit your wallet.

So how are South Carolina workers faring as inflation roars? Despite the strong labor market, many workers in the state’s metro areas are earning less, in real terms, than they did a year ago. The exceptions are the Myrtle Beach area, where average pay rose 12.6% over the past year, well above inflation, and the Sumter area, where pay raises averaging 8.7% have kept pace with general inflation.

Elsewhere, workers essentially have taken a pay cut due to inflation. The worst area is around Beaufort, where real average wages have fallen by more than 9%. (The real wage refers to the nominal wage minus inflation.)

The Greenville area is not much better off, with no increase in nominal average wages, meaning the average worker lost 8.6% of his or her purchasing power. Florence experienced an effective pay cut of about 6%.

Workers in the Spartanburg and Columbia areas were at the state average, experiencing effective pay cuts of close to 4%. Even in the bustling Charleston metropolitan area, the average wage increase of about 7% fell slightly behind the general inflation rate.

This grim picture is not likely to change soon, and depending on the effects of the inflation-fighting actions of the Federal Reserve Board, it could worsen.

Excessive Fed monetary stimulus and Biden administration fiscal stimulus contributed greatly to current inflation, and the war and Ukraine and other global disturbances are now exacerbating it. The Fed is fighting back by trying to reduce the nation’s aggregate demand, but if the strategy succeeds, the demand for jobs in South Carolina will decline. People now employed could find themselves out of a job.

The Fed no longer thinks it will be able to bring price increases down to a safe level of 2% a year in the next 18 months. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell recently told a U.S. Senate Committee that it is “certainly a possibility” that Fed actions could create a recession. Which means that the very people the Fed is trying to help could end up suffering the most.

Get a weekly recap of South Carolina opinion and analysis from The Post and Courier in your inbox on Monday evenings.

Florence 1 names three new principals

FLORENCE — Three longtime educators have been appointed to new posts for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.Wanda Williams-Parrott has been named principal of Brockington Elementary School in Timmonsville.Parrott serves as assistant principal at Savannah Grove Elementary School, a role she has been in since 2015. As assistant principal, her responsibilities have included assisting in the management of curriculum and instruction, facilitating school safety drills, and serving as the Title I and Title 4 site coordinator....

FLORENCE — Three longtime educators have been appointed to new posts for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.

Wanda Williams-Parrott has been named principal of Brockington Elementary School in Timmonsville.

Parrott serves as assistant principal at Savannah Grove Elementary School, a role she has been in since 2015. As assistant principal, her responsibilities have included assisting in the management of curriculum and instruction, facilitating school safety drills, and serving as the Title I and Title 4 site coordinator.

“I am honored to be able to serve Brockington Elementary and the Timmonsville community as the new principal,” Parrott said. “I look forward to many years of learning and growing together to ensure that all Brockington students achieve at high levels.”

Parrott began her educational career at Wallace-Gregg Elementary School where she served as a teacher before moving to Savannah Grove. She is a graduate of Coker University with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education. She also earned a masters of education in administration from Cambridge College and a Read to Succeed Administrators Endorsement from the South Carolina Department of Education Office of Virtual Education.

Michelle McBride, Florence 1 assistant superintendent of elementary education, said Parrott’s extensive experience, with a variety of different roles and responsibilities, made her a great fit for the Brockington position.

“Ms. Parrott has been an exceptional educator and administrator in Florence 1 for the last 17 years,” McBride said. “We are thrilled that she will now be part of our lead administrative team as the new principal of Brockington Elementary School.”

Tina Johnson was named principal at Greenwood Elementary School.

Johnson serves as an assistant principal at Mossy Oaks Elementary School in Beaufort County School District, holding that position since 2016. As an assistant principal, she has been responsible for analyzing schoolwide data and making instructional decisions based on that data, managing IEPs, 504 Plans and MTSS meetings, as well as coordinating observation cycles and professional development sessions.

Prior to her role as assistant principal, Johnson served as a Numeracy Coach, a TAP Master Teacher, and a sixth-and seventh-grade math instructor.

She is a graduate of Jacksonville State University with a bachelor of science degree in merchandising. She also graduated with a master’s degree in elementary education from Wheelock College, a master’s degree in gifted education from Converse College and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of South Carolina.

“I am excited and energized for the opportunity to serve the students and community of Florence One at Greenwood Elementary,” Johnson said. “I look forward to growing students while sharpening my tool as an instructional leader within Florence One.”

McBride said Johnson’s experience as an administrator and a teacher will be valuable as she takes the lead at Greenwood.

“We are very happy to have Ms. Johnson join Florence 1 Schools this upcoming school year as a principal,” McBride said. “She is a strong educator and we believe she will be a wonderful leader at Greenwood.”

Joni Bown will be the new principal at Sneed Middle School.

Bown serves as an assistant principal at South Florence High School. As assistant principal, Bown’s responsibilities have included acting as a Local Education Agent for IEPs, designing the school’s master schedule, implementing student support teams and managing ESSR funds to develop academic achievement in afterschool programs.

“I am very thankful and excited to be the new principal at Sneed Middle School,” Bown said. “I believe in academic excellence, community building and educational equity. As principal, I will strive to ensure students are provided the best opportunity while implementing these core values. I look forward to an outstanding school year!”

Bown is a graduate of California State University, San Marcos with a bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies with education. She also earned a master’s degree in education leadership with a mathematics specialization from George Mason University and a K-12 principal certificate in supervision and leadership from the University of Mary Washington.

Prior to coming to Florence 1, Bown had worked as an instructional coach, a high school and middle school English as a Second Language educator, a Mathematics Specialist, a middle school math teacher and a fifth-grade teacher.

Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools Gregory Hall said Bown will bring a wealth of knowledge to Sneed.

“I am excited about the selection of Mrs. Bown as the next leader of Sneed Middle School,” Hall said. “Her experience in schools across the country, in classroom and school leadership roles, have prepared her to be a great leader at Sneed Middle School.”

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Socastee native crowned Miss South Carolina 2022

SOCASTEE, S.C. (WBTW) — This year’s 2022 Miss South Carolina has some local ties to the Grand Strand.Jill Dudley grew up in Socastee and graduated from Socastee High School. She attended college at Coastal Carolina University, and now holds the title of Miss South Carolina after being crowned last week.“I was so in shock and I was so happy. I had to tell myself, ‘Jill, stand up, they [have to] put a crown on your head,’” Dudley said.Mostly an athlete growing up, pageants weren’t ...

SOCASTEE, S.C. (WBTW) — This year’s 2022 Miss South Carolina has some local ties to the Grand Strand.

Jill Dudley grew up in Socastee and graduated from Socastee High School. She attended college at Coastal Carolina University, and now holds the title of Miss South Carolina after being crowned last week.

“I was so in shock and I was so happy. I had to tell myself, ‘Jill, stand up, they [have to] put a crown on your head,’” Dudley said.

Mostly an athlete growing up, pageants weren’t top of mind for the Socastee native. During her junior year of high school, she decided to compete for the first time, choosing the Miss Socastee High School pageant.

“I did the high school pageants, but nothing really ever came out of it,” Dudley said. “I didn’t really win.”

It wasn’t until later down the road when Dudley was a sophomore at Coastal Carolina University that she took tot he stage again. To try and make money to pay for her books, she decided to enter CCU’s Miss Teal and Bronze pageant.

“I entered the pageant, and I won and they told me it was a preliminary to Miss South Carolina,” she said. “I was a little bit nervous, a little bit hesitant, but I decided why not try it out?”

Dudley said competing in her first Miss South Carolina pageant lit a fire under her. She came back each year with more experience and more determination. She most recently competed as Miss Hartsville. On her third and final year, she won.

Leading up to that moment, Dudley spent months doing interview prep, getting involved in the Hartsville community and practicing her talent — singing.

“I sang ‘Never Enough’ from The Greatest Showman and I actually sang that song at my first prelim when I was Miss Teal and Bronze,” she said. “I was very hesitant at first about it, but then I realized that it is a piece that really showcases just my voice and I have the ability to just give the drama with the song.”

Little did she know that song would win her overall talent. After three nights of preliminaries; evening gown, talent and private interviews, it was time for the finals.

Dudley advanced to the top ten, then to the top five. The competition came down to her and Miss Florence, Berkley Bryant.

“Once they called my name, I just dropped down to the ground,” Dudley said. “They put the crown on my head and gave me the flowers and I just started to walk and it was honestly one of the most amazing experiences of my life.”

Before heading to Miss America in Connecticut this December, Dudley will be busy making appearances, attending leadership conferences and promoting diabetes awareness. That is her social impact initiative for the competition. It was inspired by her younger brother who has Type One diabetes.

Florence Residents say no to traveling Fourth of July weekend

FLORENCE — Many Florence residents said they will not be traveling Independence day weekend because they cannot afford to.Mitchell Henson of Florence said the rising gas prices are hurting his family’s travel plans.“We had plans to enjoy a lot of trips and vacations this year, but we are not able to go because of the rising prices in fuel,” he said. “We simply can’t afford to travel at this time. We will have to find a way to celebrate July 4th at home.”L.B. Hill, a taxi driver i...

FLORENCE — Many Florence residents said they will not be traveling Independence day weekend because they cannot afford to.

Mitchell Henson of Florence said the rising gas prices are hurting his family’s travel plans.

“We had plans to enjoy a lot of trips and vacations this year, but we are not able to go because of the rising prices in fuel,” he said. “We simply can’t afford to travel at this time. We will have to find a way to celebrate July 4th at home.”

L.B. Hill, a taxi driver in Florence, said he is not ready for the increase of travelers he will see for the weekend.

“The gas prices are steadily increasing and with me being a cab driver, weekends like this make it hard,” he said. “If the prices continue to increase I am not sure how long I will continue to do this. It’s really digging into my pockets and it isn’t worth it because I am starting to put more in than I am getting out. It is no longer an economically sound decision.”

Levon Black, a resident of Florence, said he can’t afford to travel for the weekend.

“These gas prices are terrible,” he said. “I can’t afford to get on the road and travel to see family for the fourth of July. Money is tight and it’s either gas or food.”

According to AAA, 4.79 million people plan to travel at least 50 miles from home this Independence Day, which is a 3.7% increase compared to 2021.

Rain and thunderstorms are expected to happen through the Fourth of July weekend, according to the National Weather Forecast for Florence.

There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 p.m. Friday, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Saturday there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms. It will be partly sunny with a high near 86. On Sunday, there is a chance of showers after 8 a.m. and it will be partly sunny with a high near 91. The chance of precipitation is 40%.

On Monday, there is a chance of showers after 2 p.m. It will be partly sunny with a high near 92. The chance of precipitation is 40%.

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