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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 Georgetown, 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 Georgetown, 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 Georgetown 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 Georgetown, 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 Georgetown'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 Georgetown.

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

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 Georgetown, 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 Georgetown, 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 Georgetown, 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 Georgetown, 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 Georgetown, 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 Georgetown, SC

SC Gov. McMaster requests federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Ian recovery

GEORGETOWN — Gov. Henry McMaster called on the White House on Nov. 1 to issue a presidential disaster declaration opening up federal assistance with state and local recovery efforts following Hurricane Ian.Ian made landfall south of Georgetown on Sept. 30 as a Category 1 hurricane shortly after ravaging Florida and Cuba. In South Carolina, it left a path of destruction that included downed trees, power outages, storm surge and torrential rainfall, though no deaths caused by the storm have been reported in the state.Accord...

GEORGETOWN — Gov. Henry McMaster called on the White House on Nov. 1 to issue a presidential disaster declaration opening up federal assistance with state and local recovery efforts following Hurricane Ian.

Ian made landfall south of Georgetown on Sept. 30 as a Category 1 hurricane shortly after ravaging Florida and Cuba. In South Carolina, it left a path of destruction that included downed trees, power outages, storm surge and torrential rainfall, though no deaths caused by the storm have been reported in the state.

According to a press release from McMaster’s office, damage assessments held in conjunction with the S.C. Emergency Management Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that Ian destroyed 17 South Carolina homes, caused major damage to 232 homes and minor damage to another 82.

The assessments also found that the storm cost state and local government agencies more than $25 million, according to the Governor’s Office.

A disaster declaration, if granted by President Joe Biden, would allow residents in Charleston, Georgetown and Horry counties to receive services through FEMA’s Individual and Households Program.

State and local government agencies and some nonprofit organizations in Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Georgetown, Horry, Jasper and Williamsburg counties would also be eligible for services through the agency’s Public Assistance Program.

Six days after Ian’s landfall, Georgetown County Emergency Services Director Brandon Ellis estimated the storm’s damage to residential and commercial properties within the county at $53 million. Ellis further estimated that damage to public infrastructure in the county ran about $5.7 million, well over half of an approximately $9 million threshold he said South Carolina would have to meet for a federal public assistance request.

Combined residential and commercial damages in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach from Ian exceeded $15 million.

McMaster spoke briefly with Biden on the morning of Sept. 30, hours before Ian made landfall near Georgetown and just minutes prior to an executive conference call. Biden had declared an emergency in South Carolina the day before to supplement in-state response efforts.

Biden has long had a fondness for South Carolina’s Lowcountry, telling U.S. Sen. Tim Scott in 2017 that he wished to be reborn in Charleston after his death. He vacationed in Kiawah Island in August, about seven weeks prior to Ian’s landfall.

Nicole Ziege contributed to this report from Myrtle Beach.

3 local nonprofits serving Horry, Georgetown counties receive grants

GEORGETOWN — Three local nonprofits serving Horry and Georgetown counties were among 100 agencies across South Carolina receiving grants from the Sisters of Charity Foundation.Habitat for Humanity Georgetown, Smith Medical Center and Children’s Recovery Center were the three agencies in Georgetown and Horry counties receiving support from the Foundation, which awarded more than $830,000 to nonprofit organizations across the state, according to an Oct. 31 ...

GEORGETOWN — Three local nonprofits serving Horry and Georgetown counties were among 100 agencies across South Carolina receiving grants from the Sisters of Charity Foundation.

Habitat for Humanity Georgetown, Smith Medical Center and Children’s Recovery Center were the three agencies in Georgetown and Horry counties receiving support from the Foundation, which awarded more than $830,000 to nonprofit organizations across the state, according to an Oct. 31 news release issued by the Foundation.

“Sisters of Charity Foundation is a wonderful organization and they do great work all over South Carolina,” Gretchen Smith, executive director of Smith Medical Clinic which received a $5,000 grant from the foundation, said on Nov. 3.

Smith said outside of a $10,000 grant from the state Department of Health and Human Services, all of the medical clinic’s funding comes from donations.

Smith Medical Clinic offers free health care and prescriptions to low income uninsured residents of Georgetown County, and they have sites in both Georgetown and Pawleys Island.

“I think it is the best kept secret in town, and I really want to let people know that we have a location at 1101 Highmarket Street,” Smith said. “A lot of people come up to our Pawleys Island location instead of coming to the clinic right here in town.”

Smith said the clinic had also received a grant that will allow for the hiring of an evening shift provider.

“When you work a job sometimes it is hard to get away to see a doctor in the daytime,” she said.

“We are honored to receive this support from our partners at Sisters of Charity Foundation,” Liz Duesing, development director at Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County, stated in an email Nov. 2. “This grant is a generous gift that drives our mission to help our Georgetown County neighbors in need by providing safe housing and revitalizing our community. We truly appreciate all of the support by Sisters of Charity.”

Habitat Georgetown is the only Habitat chapter in the state to receive funding from Sisters of Charity, Duesing said.

“There are 27 Habitat affiliates in the Palmetto State. Sisters of Charity Foundation has been a supporter of Habitat Georgetown for three years now, totaling nearly $20,000 to help our neighbors in need by providing safe, affordable housing,” she said.

“We are very blessed to have the support of Sisters of Charity,” stated Laura Gassler, executive director of Habitat Georgetown. “Nonprofits rely on grants to carry out the overall mission and various programs, so any support we at Habitat Georgetown receive from our partners is essential to families in our community.”

While many grants are restricted to be used for specific programs, the general support grant from Sisters of Charity gives the organization the opportunity to use the funds toward our staff or equipment to be able to carry out the mission, Gassler said.

“To have this type of funding from Sisters of Charity is both unique and vital for Habitat Georgetown, and we are incredibly grateful,” she said.

Children’s Recovery Center, which serves children in Horry and Georgetown counties with offices in Myrtle Beach and Georgetown, received a $5,000 grant which will be used to pay for medical laboratory testing.

The CRC provides a safe environment where team members investigate allegations of child abuse, according to the organization’s website.

“We deal with children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse, and the majority of the cases are sexual abuse,” Louise Carson, executive director of the center, said Nov. 4. “We will use the grant to pay for lab testing for the children for STDs or whatever tests they need.”

The center never charges clients or their families for the testing, Carson said.

“We were very honored to receive the grant,” she said.

Since 1996, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, based in Columbia, has awarded over 3,300 grants to nonprofits totaling over $82 million.

The latest round of grants was awarded to nonprofits that are working to reduce poverty in the state by either meeting the immediate needs of people experiencing poverty, breaking the cycle of poverty or working to change the systems that are drivers of poverty.

“It is an honor to support this group of nonprofit partners who are working tirelessly to provide hope for people experiencing poverty in South Carolina,” Foundation President and CEO Donna Waites stated in the release. “Our foundation’s mission could not be fulfilled without these impactful organizations and their loving service to others.”

What's on your ballot? Who's running in the November 2022 elections in SC, NC

(WPDE) — Carolina voters have big decisions to make in the Midterms -- the November 2022 elections.The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 8. Early in-person voting begins Monday, October 24.Some notable big races for the state, Grand Strand, the Pee Dee and the Border Belt include:Below, find a list of the candidates who won their primaries in June and moved forward to the Primary in 2022:Editor's Note: "(I)" indicates the incumbent candidate, "*" indicates an unopposed candi...

(WPDE) — Carolina voters have big decisions to make in the Midterms -- the November 2022 elections.

The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 8. Early in-person voting begins Monday, October 24.

Some notable big races for the state, Grand Strand, the Pee Dee and the Border Belt include:

Below, find a list of the candidates who won their primaries in June and moved forward to the Primary in 2022:Editor's Note: "(I)" indicates the incumbent candidate, "*" indicates an unopposed candidate.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina (the governor and lieutenant governor of South Carolina run as a ticket)

South Carolina Secretary of State

South Carolina Treasurer

South Carolina Attorney General

South Carolina Comptroller General

South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture

South Carolina State Superintendent of Education

U.S. Senate (South Carolina)

U.S. House of Representatives, District 7 (South Carolina)

South Carolina Constitutional Amendment Question 1:

Amendment 1

Must Section 36(A), Article III of the Constitution of this State, relating to the General Reserve Fund, be amended so as to provide that the General Reserve Fund of five percent of general fund revenue of the latest completed fiscal year must be increased each year by one-half of one percent of the general fund revenue of the latest completed fiscal year until it equals seven percent of such revenues?

Explanation

A ‘Yes' vote will increase the amount of money state government must keep in the General Reserve Fund (its "rainy day" fund) from 5% of the previous year's revenue to 7% of the previous year's revenue.

Amendment 2

Must Section 36(B), Article III of the Constitution of this State be amended so as to provide that the Capital Reserve Fund of two percent of the general fund revenue of the latest completed fiscal year be increased to three percent of the general fund revenue of the latest completed fiscal year and to provide that the first use of the Capital Reserve Fund must be to offset midyear budget reductions?

Explanation

A ‘Yes’ vote will increase the amount of money state government must appropriate to the Capital Reserve Fund (the “reserve and capital improvements” fund) from 2% of the previous year’s revenue to 3% of the previous year’s revenue and require that the Capital Reserve Fund’s first priority is to offset midyear budget cuts at state agencies.

South Carolina State Legislature

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 53 (Chesterfield, Darlington)

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 54 (Chesterfield, Darlington, Marlboro)

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 55 (Dillon, Horry, Marlboro)

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 56 (Horry)

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 57 (Horry, Marion, Williamsburg)

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 58 (Horry)

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 59 (Florence)

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 60 (Florence)

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 61 (Horry)

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 62 (Darlington, Florence)

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 63 (Florence)

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 65 (Chesterfield, Darlington)

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 68 (Horry)

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 101 (Florence)

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 103 (Georgetown, Horry)

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 104 (Horry)

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 105 (Horry)

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 106 (Horry)

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 107 (Horry)

South Carolina State House of Representatives, District 108 (Georgetown)

U.S. Senate (North Carolina)

U.S. House of Representatives, District 7 (North Carolina)

U.S. House of Representatives, District 9 (North Carolina)

North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice, Seat 3

North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice, Seat 5

North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge, Seat 8

North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge, Seat 9

North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge, Seat 10

North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge, Seat 11

North Carolina State House of Representatives, District 47

North Carolina State House of Representatives, District 48

North Carolina District Court Judge, District 16B, Seat 2

HORRY COUNTY

Solicitor, 15th Circuit

Probate Judge

Horry County Council Chair

Horry County Council, District 1

Horry County Council, District 2

Horry County Council, District 5

Horry County Council, District 7

Horry County Council, District 8

Horry County Council, District 11

Horry County Soil and Water District Commission

Horry Board of Education, District 1

Horry Board of Education, District 2

Horry Board of Education, District 3

Horry Board of Education, District 6

Horry Board of Education, District 7

Horry Board of Education, District 8

Horry Board of Education, District 10

Horry Board of Education Chair

Horry Watershed Conservation District, Buck Creek

Horry Watershed Conservation District, Crabtree Swamp

Horry Watershed Conservation District, Gapway Swamp

Horry Watershed Conservation District, Simpson Creek

Horry Watershed Conservation District, Todd Swamp

Option to renew 1% sales tax to fund capital improvements for public schools, Coastal Carolina University, and Horry-Georgetown Technical College

FLORENCE COUNTY

12th Circuit Solicitor

Probate Judge

Auditor

Florence County Council, District 1

Florence County Council, District 3

Florence County Council, District 6

Florence County Council, District 7

Florence County Council, District 8

Florence Soil and Water District Commission

Florence School Board, FSD1, Seat 4

Florence School Board, FSD1, Seat 6

Florence School Board, FSD1, Seat 8

Florence School Board, FSD1, Seat 9

Florence Watershed Conservation District, Lynches Lake - Camp Branch

Florence Watershed Conservation District, Salem Community

Fire District Commissioner, South Lynches Fire District (Florence)

DARLINGTON COUNTY

Darlington Probate Judge

Darlington County Council, District 2

Darlington County Council, District 4

Darlington County Council, District 6

Darlington County Council, District 8

Darlington Soil and Water District Commission

Darlington School Board, District 1

Darlington School Board, District 3

Darlington School Board, District 5

Darlington School Board, District 7

Fire District Commissioner, Palmetto FD (Darlington)

GEORGETOWN COUNTY

15th Circuit Solicitor

Georgetown County Council, District 1

Georgetown County Council, District 6

Georgetown County Council, District 7

Georgetown Soil and Water District Commission

Georgetown School Board At Large

Georgetown School Board, District 2

Georgetown School Board, District 7

MARION COUNTY

12th Circuit Solicitor

Auditor

County Treasurer

Marion County Council, District 3

Marion County Council, District 5

Marion County Council, District 07

Marion Soil and Water District Commission

MARLBORO COUNTY

Marlboro Probate Judge

Auditor

Marlboro County Council, District 1

Marlboro County Council, District 4

Marlboro County Council, District 7

Marlboro County Council, District 8

Marlboro Soil and Water District Commission

Marlboro School Board Chair

Marlboro School Board, District 2

Marlboro School Board, District 3

Marlboro School Board, District 5

Marlboro School Board, District 7

Marlboro School Board, District 8

DILLON COUNTY

Probate Judge

(I) Teresa Campbell Smith, Democratic *

Auditor

County Treasurer

Dillon County Council, District 5

Dillon County Council, District 6

Dillon County Council, District 7

Dillon Soil and Water District Commission

ROBESON COUNTY

North Carolina District Court Judge, District 16A, seat 1

North Carolina District Court Judge, District 16A, seat 3

North Carolina District Court Judge, District 16B, Seat 01

North Carolina District Court Judge, District 16B, Seat 03

District Attorney, District 20

Robeson County Board of Commissioners, District 2

Robeson County Board of Commissioners, District 4

Robeson County Board of Commissioners, District 6

Robeson County Board of Commissioners, District 8

Robeson County Clerk of Superior Court

Robeson County Sheriff

Robeson Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor

SCOTLAND COUNTY

District Attorney, District 21

Scotland County Board of Commissioners, Spring Hill TWP

Scotland County Board of Commissioners, Stewartsville TWP

Scotland County Clerk of Superior Court

Scotland County Sheriff

Scotland County Board of Education, At-Large

Scotland County Board of Education Stewartsville TWP (2 seats)

Scotland Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor

No. 13 Field Hockey Claims 10 ODAC Postseason Awards

The ODAC Champs Earned Three Major Awards and 7 All-ODAC Team Nods FOREST, Va. - The No. 13 Washington and Lee University field hockey team claimed 10 of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference postseason awards as announced by the league on Tuesday afternoon.Three Generals earned major awards for the 2022 season; senior Tess Muneses (Howard County, Md. / Glenwood) was voted ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Scholar-Ath...

The ODAC Champs Earned Three Major Awards and 7 All-ODAC Team Nods

FOREST, Va. - The No. 13 Washington and Lee University field hockey team claimed 10 of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference postseason awards as announced by the league on Tuesday afternoon.

Three Generals earned major awards for the 2022 season; senior Tess Muneses (Howard County, Md. / Glenwood) was voted ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season, first-year Betty Boatwright (District of Columbia / Georgetown Visitation) earned Rookie of the Year laurels and Head Coach Gina Wills was tabbed Coach of the Year for the second time in a row.

The ODAC Champions put seven individuals on the All-ODAC teams, tied for the second-most in program history. Freddie Tobeason (New York, N.Y. / Groton), Peyton Tysinger (Norfolk, Va. / Norfolk Academy) and Jenny Lerner (Mount Pleasant, S.C. / Georgetown) joined Muneses on the first team. Kailey Fitzgerald (Chevy Chase, Md. / Georgetown Visitation) and Boatwright were voted Second Team All-ODAC and sophomore midfielder Maddy Duggleby (Fayetteville, N.Y. / Fayetteville-Manlius) was honored with her first ODAC honors on the third team.

Muneses picked up her fourth All-ODAC accolade and her third consecutive first-team nod. The midfielder has tallied six goals and eight assists for 20 points this season and broke the all-time career assists record with 27. Thus far, she has notched three game-winning goals during her senior campaign.

For the second consecutive year, Muneses was voted the ODAC / Virginia Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year by a representative from the athletic communications offices of each ODAC member institution. Off the turf, the economics and mathematics double major owns a career GPA greater than 3.9 and was a co-recipient of the 2022 Elizabeth B. Garrett Scholarship in Economics. The team co-captain has been named Academic All-ODAC, to the NFHCA Academic Honor Squad, an NFHCA Scholar of Distinction, the President's List, and W&L Scholar-Athlete award winner each year. This marks her third major conference postseason award after claiming the league's Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete honors last year.

Both named second-teamers in 2021, Tobeason and Tysinger are leading the Generals in scoring with 14 goals each, and Tobeason now owns the single-season record for assists with 12. The senior forward has 40 points on the year and continues to climb the record books and has cracked into the top-10 list for career goals, single-season points and career points.

Classmate and fellow forward, Tysinger is second on the team in points with 34 and a pair of game-winning goals. Her second GWG, and 14th goal of the year, came in overtime of the championship game last Saturday to send the Blue and White to their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance and third of Coach Wills' tenure at W&L.

Coach Wills was voted Coach of the Year by her peers for the fourth time in her eight seasons, as W&L has posted a 16-2 record and won consecutive league titles for the first time in program history. Since taking over the Generals' staff for the 2015 season, she has tallied 99 wins and a 0.702 win percentage. Over that span, the team has hoisted the championship trophy and earned the leagues' automatic bid on three occasions.

Junior defender, Jenny Lerner, joins the three seniors with first team accolades, the first of her career. Lerner has been a main-stay on the back line and has made two defensive stops on the year. The W&L defense has allowed only 135 shots, 7.5 attempts per game for just a 1.0 goals against average. The team has recorded nine shutouts over the season thanks to Lerner's stellar leadership for the unit.

Fitzgerald, a four-time All-ODAC honoree, garnered Second Team laurels after holding more of a defensive role in the midfield's formation this year. A key piece in the transition, Fitzgerald stifles opposition in the midfield and links the Blue and White's counter-attack with highly skilled dribbling abilities. The Chevy Chase, Md. native sets up on the circle for penalty corners and has scored four goals with seven assists for 15 points.

Both graduates of Georgetown Visitation, Boatright is a beneficiary of Fitzgerald's midfield play on the right sideline. The first-year has established herself as a key member of the offensive game plan and earned an ODAC Player of the Week nod in the final week of the regular season. The forward started 17 of 18 contests and has a scoreline of 10 goals with three assists for 23 points. Three of her goals are game-winners and she is the highest-scoring rookie in the league.

Midfielder Maddy Duggleby rounds out the All-ODAC selections with her first post-season honor, a third team nod in the midfield. The sophomore is a dominant presence on the wings of the midfield formation and has tallied two goals and an assist for five points this year. Duggleby protects the sideline and often is charged with breaking up opponents' clears out of the defensive end to keep the pressure on opposing goalies.

Shenandoah University and the University of Lynchburg both posted nine women on the All-ODAC teams. SU swept the Player of the Year Awards with Mairead MicKibbin and Elise Velasquez earning offensive and defensive honors, respectively.

W&L, the league's only NCAA Tournament participant, will continue its season with a first round matchup against Ohio Wesleyan University on November 9 at 3:30 p.m. at home.

ODAC Offensive Player of the Year: Mairead McKibbin, So. F, Shenandoah ODAC Defensive Player of the Year: Elise Velasquez, Jr., D, Shenandoah ODAC Coach of the Year: Gina Wills, Washington and Lee ODAC Rookie of the Year: Betty Boatwright, Fy., F, Washington and Lee ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Tess Muneses, Sr., M, Washington and Lee

ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM

Emily Yanes Sr. F Lynchburg Mairead McKibbin So. F Shenandoah Cassidy Morrison Jr. F Shenandoah Freddie Tobeason Sr. F Washington and Lee Peyton Tysinger Sr. F Washington and Lee Brittany Claybaugh Gr. M Lynchburg Kelsey Jones Sr. M Shenandoah Tess Muneses Sr. M Washington and Lee Aaryn Boatwright Jr. D Lynchburg Ryleigh Cameron Jr. D Lynchburg Elise Velasquez Jr. D Shenandoah Jenny Lerner Jr. D Washington and Lee Kayla Brady Jr. GK Lynchburg

ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM

Alaina McCoy So. F Randolph-Macon Martha Hurley Sr. F Roanoke Grace Vernarelli So. F Roanoke Lauren Tyre Sr. F Shenandoah Betty Boatwright Fy. F Washington and Lee Daphne Daymude So. M Bridgewater Kessa Romero Sr. M Lynchburg Farren Winter Jr. M Shenandoah Kailey Fitzgerald Sr. M Washington and Lee Meredyth Rankin Sr. D Bridgewater Brandy Troutman Sr. D Eastern Mennonite Hope Keller Jr. D Roanoke Taylor Swann So. GK Shenandoah

ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM

Kelli Mullen Sr. D Bridgewater Emily Tyler So. F Bridgewater Elizabeth Longacre Jr. F Eastern Mennonite Faith Bibbo Sr. D Ferrum Mallory Lamb Fy. M/D Lynchburg Olivia Muir Fy. D Lynchburg Marlou Wendriks Fy. F Lynchburg Summer Kujawa Sr. M Randolph-Macon Anna Stribling Jr. M Randolph-Macon Viktoria Warweg Fy. M Roanoke Claudia Lenahan Fy. M Shenandoah Madison Short Fy. D Shenandoah Stephanie Hoke Sr. F Virginia Wesleyan Maddy Duggleby So. M Washington and Lee

Ian’s damage to Georgetown County infrastructure estimated at $5.7 million

GEORGETOWN — Damage to Georgetown County public infrastructure by Hurricane Ian is estimated at $5.7 million, county Emergency Services Director Brandon Ellis said Oct. 11.That figure includes damage to state infrastructure within county boundaries, such as roadways and beach accesses. The estimate will count toward a statewide threshold of approximately $9 million set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that South Carolina will have to meet for a public assistance request from the federal government.“So we&r...

GEORGETOWN — Damage to Georgetown County public infrastructure by Hurricane Ian is estimated at $5.7 million, county Emergency Services Director Brandon Ellis said Oct. 11.

That figure includes damage to state infrastructure within county boundaries, such as roadways and beach accesses. The estimate will count toward a statewide threshold of approximately $9 million set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that South Carolina will have to meet for a public assistance request from the federal government.

“So we’re well on our way to meet that,” Ellis told Georgetown County Council.

In total, Ellis said, the county’s damage assessment team surveyed 937 properties and found 170 that met their criteria for “major” damage. Three further properties were destroyed by fires related to the storm, which made landfall south of Georgetown on the afternoon of Sept. 30 as a Category 1 hurricane with 85 mph winds and caused significant storm surge along the coastline.

The assessed damage to commercial and residential property in the county is still believed to be in excess of $53 million, the same figure Ellis gave Georgetown Times on Oct. 6.

“We find that most of that, the majority of that’s going to be covered by insurance, we believe from those initial assessments,” Ellis said. “But we’re going to do our due diligence. We’ve worked with the state Emergency Management Division, as well as FEMA, and we are scheduling preliminary damage assessments with those partners as early as this coming Friday to validate those damages and look at what programs might be available for those residents who were impacted.”

Ellis said the county will pursue a joint damage assessment with FEMA for damage to public infrastructure, as well as private.

When asked about potential state or federal funding for beach repairs by council member Steve Goggans, Ellis said the county will explore its options for funding of beach repairs with FEMA as part of the joint assessment.

“We did lose two emergency beach accesses, as well, that our first responders use, and those will be priority one to get reinstated before we start rebuilding the crossovers, so we can have that emergency access in the event that it’s needed,” Ellis said. He added that a majority of the county’s beach accesses were “majorly damaged” or destroyed outright by the storm.

Council Chairman Louis Morant thanked Ellis for his department’s work and prompted a round of applause in the council chamber.

“Obviously you spent time away from your families and everything else trying to make sure that we are safe, and we appreciate the work that you have done for Georgetown County,” Morant said.

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