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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 Kingstree, 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 Kingstree, 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 Kingstree 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 Kingstree, 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 Kingstree'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 Kingstree.

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

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 Kingstree, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.

Location and Nearby Lodging

On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.

Located in Kingstree, 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 Kingstree, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.

Decor

When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.

Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.

Photo Opportunities

10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.

From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Kingstree, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.

Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip

The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Kingstree, 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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SLED investigating allegations made against Williamsburg County DSN, state agency confirms

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation by the Williamsburg County Board of Disabilities and Special needs, according to a statement by the state Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SC DDSN) officials initiated an administrative review at the Williamsburg County Disabilities and Special Needs Board (WCDSN) July 26 in response to "allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation which were report...

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation by the Williamsburg County Board of Disabilities and Special needs, according to a statement by the state Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.

South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SC DDSN) officials initiated an administrative review at the Williamsburg County Disabilities and Special Needs Board (WCDSN) July 26 in response to "allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation which were reported to the SC State Law Enforcement Division. Those allegations are currently being investigated by local law enforcement."

“Disability and special needs provides a vital service to some of our most disadvantaged citizens, the most vulnerable ones we have,” Rep. Cezar McKnight said. “And this is yet another agency that this county sorely needs that we've lost because lack of oversight and it is tragic.”

McKnight mentioned the Williamsburg County Disabilities and Special Needs Board's situation in a Facebook post on August 2 which stated "Yet another county agency taken over by the State."

However, the state Department of Disabilities and Special Needs said it has not taken over the Williamsburg board.

"While SC DDSN is continuing to review and provide technical assistance to the WCDSN Board to ensure the health and safety of those supported, SC DDSN has not assumed control of the WCDSN Board," according to the statement.

"SC DDSN has been, and remains, in communication with the chairperson of the WCDSN Board regarding necessary oversight and administration of the agency. Technical assistance has been provided by SC DDSN to WCDSN Board as requested. SC DDSN confirms that it has required WCDSN Board to submit a corrective action plan to address material deficiencies in compliance with DDSN Policies and Standards which have been identified through the administrative review," according to the statement.

The executive director of the county board, Mary Burgess, said she was “not at liberty to discuss” the situation when reached by phone August 3. Burgess did not answer whether or not she had been placed on administrative leave. A spokesman for the state department confirmed to The News that Burgess had been placed on administrative leave. Burgess did not return calls August 9.

Linwood Cooper, the chair of the Williamsburg County Disabilities and Special Needs Board, did not return a message August 9.

“The mission of the Department of disabilities and special needs is to enhance the quality of life, for those persons who have those kinds of challenges in their lives,” Sen. Ronnie Sabb said. “We have an obligation to those constituents to make certain that we in Williamsburg County to provide the best care and the best educational opportunities that we can.”

Emails sent August 9 requesting more information on the investigation from South Carolina Law Enforcement Division went unanswered.

On July 22, the Williamsburg County Disabilities and Special Needs Board, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, said that only one “grievance” had been filed in the last year with the board and that was about “an employee or former employee appealing certain enumerated job actions specifically as to that employee” and therefore was exempt from the FOIA request.

HOG HEAVEN: Good times had by all at 2022 Kingstree Pig Pickin’ Festival

The secret to becoming the king of the 2022 Kingstree Pig Pickin’ Festival was simple.“It’s the sauce,” said Phillip Miles, whose Tail-Gater Hater team from Lake City won $3,000 and the first-place trophy Saturday in the Chris Osborne BBQ Cook-off, the signature event of the festival.“I’ve got it at home in my safe, and nobody – my wife, kids, nobody – knows it, so I’ve got it written down,” Miles said. “She’s got the code and says she knows where it’...

The secret to becoming the king of the 2022 Kingstree Pig Pickin’ Festival was simple.

“It’s the sauce,” said Phillip Miles, whose Tail-Gater Hater team from Lake City won $3,000 and the first-place trophy Saturday in the Chris Osborne BBQ Cook-off, the signature event of the festival.

“I’ve got it at home in my safe, and nobody – my wife, kids, nobody – knows it, so I’ve got it written down,” Miles said. “She’s got the code and says she knows where it’s at.”

The secret to success for the festival itself was the venue. After 20 years at the wide-open Kingstree Recreation Center – and two years with no festival at all because of COVID-19 – the festival returned to downtown Kingstree, where it was when it was known as the Old-Fashioned Festival.

The old/new recipe for fun drew hundreds of people to the heart of town. From the parade down Main Street to the grand-finale fireworks and all of the dancing, tumbling, vending, eating, shopping, Hula Hooping and hoops shooting in-between, a good time was had by all.

Well, almost all. The only complaints were from youngsters who missed the carnival on the rec center grounds. But there’s good news for that demographic.

“We’re going to try to get one next year,” festival director Katie Wheeler said.

But she was delighted with this year’s event.

“It’s been a really great weekend,” said Wheeler, who also is the director of Main Street Kingstree. “We are so thankful for the good weather, and we had a big turnout last night and today, and our cookers had a good time.

“Our vendors have all done really well, and our food trucks have had long lines all day long. The entertainment has been great, and the fireworks show was fantastic.”

Kingstree Mayor Darren Tisdale beamed as he watched some of the festivities.

“This went past expectations for me,” he said. “Katie raised almost $40,000 in sponsorships. We had 22 cookers, and the biggest thing I’ve heard is that I’ve heard no complaints. The business people downtown have been busy since Friday night, and that’s what our main goal was.”

Michaele Duke, the director of the Williamsburg Hometown Chamber of Commerce, called the festivities “amazing.”

“I’ve never seen so many vendors line the street like this before, and the parade was just phenomenal with that huge turnout,” she said.

“I think the business owners really embraced it. They’re the ones that probably motivated it to be moved down here, because now they’ve got so much exposure today. I’m sure that people have done a lot of shopping.”

A handful of contests were held. Hula Hoop was among them. The winner was Gretta Hearon, 9, a KFA dancer from Kershaw. She won a trophy and a $100 check.

“I thought about giving it to the girl over there because she tried the hardest,” Gretta said.

But back to the main event: the meat events.

The second-place winner in the BBQ Cook-off was The Notorious P.I.G., led by Justin Osean of Kingstree. He also won first place in the Anything Goes competition, first place in the chicken competition and second place in the rib competition.

Quintin Ganes with Nonna & Five Guys BBQ was the third-place winner in the BBQ Cook-off.

Wayne Owens with The Gold Tops won fourth place in the cook-off. Terry Prosser with Jimmy Dogs BBQ won fifth place.

Gene Culbertson with Backwoods BBQ won second place in the Anything Goes competition.

George Ray won first place in the rib competition and second place in the chicken competition.

And back to Miles’ vinegar-based sauce. He said when he was young, he asked tons of people for recipes. Nobody shared.

“I started tinkering around,” Miles said, “and I made some so hot you had to throw the food away. I made some so sweet that it wasn’t worth eating, and I made some that was too salty. Then I came up with one for the church, and I called it the church recipe … because it wasn’t as hot as what I normally make. Pretty much that’s what this is.”

Miles tints windows for a living. On the side, he now has a bottling business and sells Tail-Gater Hater Barbecue Sauce in stores such as IGA in Kingstree.

Back to the venue. The downtown merchants were happy.

“It’s been a great weekend,” said Sarah Hoff, a co-owner of Mia and Beau’s on Academy Street. “I’ve heard a lot of people say this was the best one in a long time. It’s kind of like a holiday kickoff for us, because of lot of people have been buying for Christmas.”

Grace Dail is Hoff’s business partner.

“I think everybody on this street has benefited commerce-wise,” Dail said.

The mayor would second a motion to keep the festival downtown in the future.

“This is where it should have been the whole time,” Tisdale said.

Duke is already looking ahead.

“I can’t wait till next year,” she said. “I guess they’re probably going to start planning that tomorrow.”

SC military retirement pay now exempt from state income taxes

All military retirement pay is exempt from South Carolina Individual Income Tax beginning in tax year 2022, one of many tax breaks offered to veterans and military in South Carolina.According to the South Carolina Department of Veteran’s Affairs (SCDVA), almost 400,000 military veterans live in South Carolina, and the state has the 8th highest total of military retirees in the nation. As we pause to honor the service and sacrifice of veterans, the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) reminds military personnel, both acti...

All military retirement pay is exempt from South Carolina Individual Income Tax beginning in tax year 2022, one of many tax breaks offered to veterans and military in South Carolina.

According to the South Carolina Department of Veteran’s Affairs (SCDVA), almost 400,000 military veterans live in South Carolina, and the state has the 8th highest total of military retirees in the nation. As we pause to honor the service and sacrifice of veterans, the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) reminds military personnel, both active and retired, of their available tax benefits.

Income Tax deductions and exclusions:

Earlier this year, the governor signed the Workforce Enhancement and Military Recognition Act, which exempts all military retirement pay that is included in South Carolina taxable income from the state’s Income Tax, no matter the taxpayer’s age. The new exemption is effective for tax year 2022, meaning retirees can claim it next year when they fill out their Income Tax return for this year. This deduction also can be claimed by a surviving spouse receiving military retirement income from their deceased spouse.

According to the SCDVA, military retirees can start, stop or change State Income Tax Withholding (SITW) by using myPay, filling out a DD Form 2866 Retiree Change of Address/State Tax Withholding Request, or sending a written request that includes all of the necessary information. If you choose to send a DD Form 2866 or a written request, mail it to: Defense Finance and Accounting Service, U.S. Military Retirement Pay, 8899 E 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46249-1200. Do not send either document to the SCDOR.

Other Income Tax exclusions:

Any federal tax-exempt pension or compensation provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Combat pay and certain benefits not included in federal taxable income

Retirement income paid by the U.S. government for service in the Reserves or National Guard

Income received for service in the National Guard or the Reserves for customary annual training, weekend drills, and other inactive duty training is generally exempt

Service pay for non-resident military personnel on active duty in South Carolina who are legal residents of other states

Additional details and examples related to these deductions and other general retirement and age-65 Income Tax deductions are found in Revenue Ruling 21-13. The SCDOR will be issuing more guidance soon.

Property Tax exemptions:

Veterans deemed totally and permanently service-connected disabled qualify for:

A tax exemption on a home and land on the same parcel, up to five acres, that is classified as owner occupied and either titled solely to the veteran or jointly with a spouse

A tax exemption on up to two private passenger vehicles own?ed or leased by a veteran or jointly with a spouse

Medal of Honor recipients qualify for:

A tax exemption on a home and land up to one acre that is either titled solely to the recipient or jointly with a spouse

A tax exemption on up to two vehicles owned or leased by the recipient

Former prisoners of war (POW) from WWI, WWII, the Korean War or Vietnam War qualify for:

The same tax exemptions granted to Medal of Honor recipients for home and land up to one acre that is classified as owner occupied and either titled solely to the former POW or jointly with a spouse

A tax exemption on up to two private passenger vehicles owned or leased by the former POW or jointly with a spouse

Surviving spouses for all three types of veterans listed above qualify for tax exemptions on the home if they inherit sole ownership from the deceased spouse. The surviving spouses of POWs and disabled veterans can qualify for exemptions on up to one vehicle solely owned by them.

Visit dor.sc.gov/exempt-property to learn more about Property Tax exemptions, and for detailed information on other exemptions for veterans. To apply for a Property Tax exemption, visit MyDORWAY and click Exempt Property Application.

Other taxes:

Check with your local government to learn more about specific tax benefits for veterans in your area.

Military personnel in a combat zone have 180 days after leaving the combat zone to file their state and federal Income Tax returns. They also can wait until they are out of the combat zone to pay.

When filing by paper or online, military members should indicate that they served in a military combat zone and name the zone.

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Rebates now being issued; Cap amount set at $800

The South Carolina Department of Revenue announced recently that rebates are now being issued as direct deposits and paper checks.The maximum rebate cap is $800, meaning if your tax liability is more than that, you will get an $800 rebate.If you filed your 2021 SC Individual Income Tax return by October 17, you will receive your rebate by the end of the year and can track your rebate status online.The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) has begun issuing 2022 Individual Income Tax rebates to eligible taxpayers....

The South Carolina Department of Revenue announced recently that rebates are now being issued as direct deposits and paper checks.

The maximum rebate cap is $800, meaning if your tax liability is more than that, you will get an $800 rebate.

If you filed your 2021 SC Individual Income Tax return by October 17, you will receive your rebate by the end of the year and can track your rebate status online.

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) has begun issuing 2022 Individual Income Tax rebates to eligible taxpayers.

The rebate amount is based on an individual’s 2021 tax liability, up to a cap. As outlined in the legislation approving the rebates, the SCDOR has set the rebate cap – the maximum amount taxpayers can receive – at $800.

Tax liability is what’s left after subtracting your credits from the Individual Income Tax that you owe. If your tax liability is less than $800, your rebate will be the same amount as your tax liability. If your tax liability is more than or equal to the $800 cap, you will receive a rebate for $800.

When you will get your rebate:

If you filed your 2021 SC Individual Income Tax return (SC 1040) by October 17, 2022, we have begun issuing your rebate and you will receive it by the end of the year.

You can track the status of your rebate online! Visit dor.sc.gov/rebate-2022 to get started. You’ll need the SSN or ITIN and line 10 from your 2021 SC 1040.

Those who chose to file their returns after the original October 17 extension deadline have until February 15, 2023 to file their returns in order to be eligible for a rebate. Eligible taxpayers who file between October 18, 2022 and February 15, 2023 will receive their rebate in March 2023.

How you will get your rebate:

If you received your 2021 refund by direct deposit, the SCDOR will use the same bank account to issue your rebate by direct deposit, unless you notified us of a change in banking information by November 1.

Paper checks will be issued if:

You notified us of a change in banking information by November 1.

You received your 2021 refund by debit card or paper check.

You received your 2021 refund by direct deposit to a prepaid or pay-as-you-go debit card.

You had a balance due and did not receive a refund.

You received your 2021 refund using a tax preparer’s account.

Married couples who filed joint 2021 Individual Income Tax returns will receive only one rebate.

How your rebate was calculated:

Look at a copy of your 2021 South Carolina Individual Income Tax return (SC1040) and check if you have an amount on line 10.

If you don’t, you do not have a tax liability and are not eligible for a rebate.

If you do, continue to calculate your liability by adding your refundable credits, lines 21 and 22. (This could be zero.) Now subtract those credits, if any, from line 15. If that amount is greater than $1, you are eligible for a rebate.

?line 15 - (line 21 + line 22)

If that amount is less than $800, that amount is your rebate. If it is greater than or equal to $800, you will receive $800.

Some taxpayers might receive a lesser amount than that calculation.

You will receive less than your calculated rebate amount if you had an outstanding Individual Income Tax bill with the SCDOR. That debt could be from your 2021 return or previous years.

If the balance you owed was less than your rebate, it will be subtracted from your rebate and you will receive the remaining amount.

If your balance is more than your rebate, the rebate will be subtracted from what you owe, and you will not receive a rebate.

The SCDOR has sent a Notice of Individual Income Tax Rebate Adjustment to affected taxpayers.

For more information:

For general rebate information, including how to track your rebate status online, go to dor.sc.gov/rebate-2022 or call our dedicated rebate phone line, 803-722-1958.

Check out our rebate videos on YouTube.

From our Policy Division:

Information Letter 22-18 (Revised): One-Time Individual Income Tax Refund (Rebate) for Tax Year 2021

Information Letter 22-19: Hurricane Ian Tax Relief for Persons and Businesses in South Carolina

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Kingstree and C.E. Murray high schools to consolidate

C.E. Murray and Kingstree high schools will consolidate for the 2022-23 school year, State Superintendent Molly Spearman told The News on Thursday.The consolidation of the two schools has been rumored for some time. It is uncommon for schools to consolidate.Kingstree High School is built to hold 1,500 students and currently has a student population just above 500. C.E. Murray High is about half that size.The consolidation will leave Hemingway High, a school similar in enrollment to C.E. Murray but further away from Kings...

C.E. Murray and Kingstree high schools will consolidate for the 2022-23 school year, State Superintendent Molly Spearman told The News on Thursday.

The consolidation of the two schools has been rumored for some time. It is uncommon for schools to consolidate.

Kingstree High School is built to hold 1,500 students and currently has a student population just above 500. C.E. Murray High is about half that size.

The consolidation will leave Hemingway High, a school similar in enrollment to C.E. Murray but further away from Kingstree, as the only other remaining high school in Williamsburg County.

The school district has been under state control since April 2018. The building currently being used as C.E. Murray High School will not be left vacant. Spearman said that because of overcrowding at Greeleyville Elementary, students in grades 3-5 will be moved to that building to create a new school.

“My goal is to have [the] Williamsburg County District and their schools in a situation that they can sustain success for the future. And we don’t want to leave without corrections being made,” Spearman said of the decision. “Kingstree High School was built for possibly 1,500 students, even when we combine these two schools, they still will be way under it. But the small number of students, it makes it very difficult to find the teachers and staff that we need to operate and give the students the opportunities that they need.

“We had difficulty filling all of the teacher positions at C.E. Murray this year, there were four positions that we have had difficulty filling with certified personnel. Meanwhile, same thing happening over at Kingstree, where we’re only a few miles apart, this will allow us to offer the students more programming more rigorous curriculum, and just run a more efficient School District,” Spearman continued. “It’s getting harder and harder to do that in the rural areas and changes like this. And while they’re difficult, they have to be made to sustain the future for the students.”

The state took over the Williamsburg County School District in April of 2018 following mismanagement of funds, mostly related to special education. On Dec. 9, Spearman met with local school district leaders to discuss a transition plan from state leadership back to the local board at the end of 2022 or early 2023. Spearman announced late in 2021 that she was not seeking reelection to her position.

The driving force behind the consolidation, Spearman said was to have the district in its best possible shape while that transition to local control takes place. There are currently staffing shortages at both Kingstree High and C.E. Murray. No staffing decisions have been made at this time.

“Those kind of decisions will need to be worked out. Obviously, our goal will be to take care of the employees,” Spearman said. “But all of those decisions will be handled by [county Superintendent] Dr. [Rose] Wilder and her staff.”

Student enrollment across the county has gone down 24% in the last five years from 4,059 in 2016-17 to 3,104 this year. The drop is similar at C.E. Murray which had 306 students in 2016-17 and is down to 232 this year. At Kingstree High, the drop is less pronounced at 16% from 603 five years ago to 505 now. Hemingway High has also seen a similar drop in enrollment from 304 students to 225 now.

In the 2012-13 school year, Kingstree High had an enrollment of 636, less than half of the building’s capacity, while C.E. Murray had an enrollment of 277. Hemingway High had an enrollment of 352.

Kingstree High, is the newer of the two schools, being close to 50 years old rather than close to the 70 years of C.E. Murray. Spearman said that the state has secured funds, thanks to state representatives Cezar McKnight and Ronnie Saab to renovate the Kingstree High building to accommodate the consolidation.

“I’m aware of facility needs, we’re in the process now of assessing the facility needs in Williamsburg,” Spearman said. “And [we’re] looking at what we. what the state can do to assist in that.” Spearman added that there is hope they can announce a plan in the upcoming weeks.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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