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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 Lancaster, 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 Lancaster, 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 Lancaster 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 Lancaster, 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 Lancaster'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 Lancaster.

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

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 Lancaster, 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 Lancaster, 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 Lancaster, 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.


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 Lancaster, 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 Lancaster, 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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Memorial Day events in Lancaster County: here's where remembrances, parades will be held in 2022 [update]

Communities throughout Lancaster County communities will observe Memorial Day with services and parades.The following is a list of Memorial Day events scheduled in the county over the holiday weekend.Memorial Day is Monday, May 30, 2022.Columbia Memorial Day Parade will be held Sunday, May 29, beginning at noon. Event kicks off with Bainbridge Band Patriotic concert in Locust St. Park in the Gazebo, followed by Memorial Day ceremony at 1 p.m. with speaker Jeffrey G. Butch, remarks from the mayor, a cerem...

Communities throughout Lancaster County communities will observe Memorial Day with services and parades.

The following is a list of Memorial Day events scheduled in the county over the holiday weekend.

Memorial Day is Monday, May 30, 2022.

Columbia Memorial Day Parade will be held Sunday, May 29, beginning at noon. Event kicks off with Bainbridge Band Patriotic concert in Locust St. Park in the Gazebo, followed by Memorial Day ceremony at 1 p.m. with speaker Jeffrey G. Butch, remarks from the mayor, a ceremonial wreath laying and a 21-gun salute, followed by playing of “Taps.” The parade, with women veterans as the theme, will start at 2:30.

Denver’s Memorial Day ceremony will begin with its traditional parade forming behind the fire hall at 9 a.m. Residents and organizations interested in participating in the Memorial Day Parade are encouraged to decorate a bicycle, wagon, or float to honor our country. The Dixieland Band will be featured along with local firetrucks, the Friendly Horseman Club and anyone else who participates. The parade will travel on North Fourth Street to Walnut Street, and then turn west on Walnut Street to the bandstand in the Denver Memorial Park for the service. Borough council member Todd Stewart will be the emcee. The traditional program will continue at the memorial, with Taps being played.

A Memorial Day service will be held in the grove at Peace UCC, 37 E. Swartzville Road, (Route 897), Denver. The 11 a.m. service will be led by Pastor Betsy Bruaw. The service will include recognition of the flag, a history of memorial services in the U.S., as well as singing the national anthem. This is an outside service and those attending are asked to bring their own chairs.

Tanger Outlets Lancaster, 312 Stanley K. Tanger Blvd.,will host a Memorial Day weekend Block Party, Saturday, May 28, from 12 to 4 p.m. in the “festival zone” in front of Nissley Wine Tasting Room. Free and open to the public, events will feature several family-friendly activities, including a fun kids creation station, free ice cream samples and a meet-and-greet with fan favorite superheroes and TangerRoo, the Tanger Outlets mascot. Food trucks will be on premises for food purchases. TangerClub members can check-in at the Tanger VIP Tent to pick up a free swag bag filled with coupons and goodies. Guests can register to become members at

Bergstrasse Church, at U.S. Routes 222 and 322, will host their annual Memorial Day Service of Remembrance at noon on Sunday, May 29, rain or shine. Event is open to the public; speaker will be Ephrata native, retired Army Lt. Gen. Ronald R. Blanck, D.O. Program will include the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard, Ephrata Boy Scout Troop 73 and the VET-21 Salute Honor Guard. Following the service, members of the Bergstrasse will serve a light luncheon in the church Fellowship Hall.

First United Methodist Church of Ephrata, 68 N. Church St., Ephrata, will host their Memorial Day Service at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 29. Bagpipers, Thom Moore and Connor Nelson will present live musical entertainment. Open to the public; no registration required. For more information, call (717) 738-2465.

The Hempfield Memorial Day Ceremony will be held Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m. at the Hempfield Fire Company pavilion, 19 W. Main St., Salunga. The theme this year is “All gave some. Some gave all.” The guest speaker will be Army Lt. Col. Matthew K. Marsh, of the Army War College in Carlisle, Cumberland County. The event will also feature the reading of student essay contest winners, the Red Rose Veteran Honor Guard, the Vet21 Salute Honor Guard, the Hempfield High School Marching Band and the Hempfield High School Chamber Singers.

The Vietnam Veterans of America and Associates Chapter 1008 of Lancaster will hold a wreath laying and ceremony in honor of Memorial Day on Sunday, May 29, at 1 p.m. in Greenwood Cemetery, South Queen Street, rain or shine. The event is open to the public. Ceremony will include the Lancaster County Veteran Honor Guard and the Vet 21 Gun Salute, who will do a rifle salute and “Taps,” and the reading the names of our departed VVA members (May 2021 to present). For more information, call Michael Kunitsky at 717-484-1147.

The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra will perform from the bandshell in Lititz Spring Park, 24 N. Broad St., at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 28. Free admission; open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather, performance will relocate to the Warwick High School auditorium, 301 W. Orange St., Lititz. The evening will include the finale from the “William Tell Overture,” Aaron Copland’s “Hoedown,” film music and show tunes from “Chicago,” “Harry Potter” and “West Side Story,” along with beloved patriotic tunes like “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The Mount Joy Borough Memorial Day Parade will take place Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m. It starts at Angle Street and goes down Main Street to Twisted Bine Brewery.

Members from the New Holland Legion Post 662, including Sons, Riders and Auxiliary, will be conducting a pilgrimage to 13 cemeteries in the area to perform gun salutes at the graves of the last military members to pass away at each cemetery. The pilgrimage will begin at 6:30 a.m. For additional information, contact Karen Bowers at (717) 354-8523.

The Annual Reamstown Memorial Day Service will be held Sunday, May 29, at 4:30 p.m. at the Reamstown Community Park. Bring a chair to this outdoor service. The event will occur unless there is heavy rain or lightning. Speaker will be Colin Kielick. Following the memorial, there will be refreshments and socializing at the nearby Community Center.

Reinholds will also hold a parade on Memorial Day, forming on Mechanic Street, then traveling to the memorial at the fire station on Route 897 (138 W. Main St.).

The Schoeneck Veterans Memorial Association will host its annual Memorial Day parade, ceremony and free luncheon at the Schoeneck Park and fire company grounds, 140 W. Queen St., Schoeneck, on Monday. The day begins with a parade featuring the Heidelberg Band, decorated bikes, cars, motorcycles and the new Schoeneck Veterans Memorial Association float. Parade registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the fire company parking lot. Step-off is at 9 a.m. Categories include: motorized vehicles and cycles, walkers, floats, trikes, bikes, wagons, organizations, individuals and families. Monetary prizes will be awarded in each category. Brief ceremony at the memorial (park entrance) will be followed by speakers, Diana Christ and Robert Getz. The program theme centers on “The Homefront Effort.” Following the program, a free-will offering luncheon will be served at the fire company pavilion. Those joining in are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for the parade and program. All veterans are welcome to join in the parade and at the ceremony.

Chief Buildings establishing operations in Lancaster County

$22.1 million investment will create 102 new jobs over the next five years COLUMBIA, S.C. – ...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Chief Buildings, a subsidiary of Chief Industries, Inc. and a premier metal building system manufacturer, today announced plans to establish operations in Lancaster County. The company’s $22.1 million investment will create 102 new jobs over the next five years.

Founded in 1966, Chief Buildings is a nationwide leader in low-rise, non-residential metal building systems. The company’s custom-engineered steel solutions optimize and integrate steel framing, roofing and walls.

Located at 992 Quality Drive in Lancaster, Chief Buildings’ new state-of-the-art Lancaster County operations will expand the company’s footprint in the Southeast and increase service to its authorized builder network.

Operations are expected to be online in October 2022. Individuals interested in learning more about Chief Buildings should visit the company’s website.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. The council also awarded a $200,000 Set-Aside grant to Lancaster County to assist with costs of building improvements.


“Lancaster was the ideal location to expand our operations. The expansion is a logical step in our business growth strategy and helps to ensure we meet the needs of our stakeholders. This project in Lancaster would not be possible without the support from the Lancaster County Department of Economic Development and South Carolina Department of Commerce.” -Chief Industries Chairman of the Board, CEO and President DJ Eihusen

“South Carolina’s talented workforce, ideal location and business-friendly environment continue to recruit top companies. We welcome Chief Buildings to Lancaster County, and look forward to their success.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“South Carolina’s manufacturing industry continues to grow at record pace, and we are excited to welcome Chief Buildings to the roster of companies that make premier products within our borders. Chief Buildings’ $22.1 million investment and creation of 102 new jobs in Lancaster County are cause for celebration, and we look forward to what the future has in store for them.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“Chief Buildings will be an exceptional addition to Lancaster County’s manufacturing community. Since our initial meeting with Chief Industries’ CEO DJ Eihusen and his team in September, we realized just how special of a company we were recruiting and committed to securing the project. This third-generation, family-owned business is not only a leader in their industry, but in the communities in which they operate. Lancaster County couldn’t be more appreciative of their decision to bring these outstanding manufacturing jobs here, and we look forward to being a partner with them as they grow their operation here over the coming years.” -Lancaster County Department of Economic Development Executive Director James Gilbert

“We are thrilled that Chief Buildings has selected Lancaster County for their new facility! Chief Buildings’ investment in the I-77 region, after an extensive, multi-state site selection process, sends a clear message that this is an ideal location to do business, especially for small and midsized manufacturers. Welcome to South Carolina!” -SC I-77 Alliance President and CEO Steven Pearce

USC Lancaster students, professors donate suitcases full of supplies for Ukrainian refugees, soldiers

USC Lancaster students and professors donated suitcases full of supplies for Ukrainian refugees and soldiers.LANCASTER, S.C. (WBTV) - Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, creating a crisis for many that has already lasted more than three months.Ukrainians are still trying to leave. Many fleeing with the clothes on their backs. One local university says it is time to give back and help Ukrainians who so desperately need it.University of South Carolina Lancaster students recently took a 12-day trip to eastern Europe af...

USC Lancaster students and professors donated suitcases full of supplies for Ukrainian refugees and soldiers.

LANCASTER, S.C. (WBTV) - Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, creating a crisis for many that has already lasted more than three months.

Ukrainians are still trying to leave. Many fleeing with the clothes on their backs. One local university says it is time to give back and help Ukrainians who so desperately need it.

University of South Carolina Lancaster students recently took a 12-day trip to eastern Europe after it was canceled twice because of the pandemic. But after hearing about the Ukrainian people who needed help in the exact countries where they planned to visit, they said it was time to act.

Rising sophomore Rio Shadow traveled all over the world but never got the opportunity to go to Europe. A class trip changed that.

”Finding out I had a chance to go to Europe, a place I’ve never been before and couldn’t dream of, I immediately jumped for it,” Shadow said.

The trip was to Eastern Europe—countries like Poland and Hungry, places where Ukrainian refugees have fled to seek shelter from their war-torn country.

”It is the 21st century and we’re still dealing with issues in the world like this,” Shadow said. “It’s just like wow.”

Shadow’s professor, Dr. Susan Cruise, knew if they were going to Europe they need to do something to help.

”Hearing all of the news about the Ukranian refugees and how they were suffering and leaving with no notice and nothing,” Cruise said. “You know, leaving with hardly any of their belongings. We thought we’d do a donation drive on our campus.”

That drive turned into something much bigger than either could imagine. What they thought would be a few suitcases full of supplies turned into 28 large suitcases of relief.

All of the donations came from the community. Members donated the same suitcases the students filled. The students also raised almost $2,500 as well.

”The cabinet was so full I could barely close it sometimes,” Shadow said. “Floor to ceiling, completely packed.”

Donations of medical supplies, diapers, clothes and so much more poured in from the community. Every single piece going to help refugees or those still fighting in Ukraine was donated.

”This just touched a personal soft spot for me because of my grandparents,” Cruise said.

Dr. Cruise is from Canada, but said her grandparents emigrated from Ukraine. She remembers singing Ukrainian Christmas carols, eating the food and hearing her grandparents speak Ukrainian to each other.

The USC-Lancaster students helped unpack all their efforts, even meeting some of the people it would help.

”The need is just so great,” Cruise said. “There’s just so much more they need and how much more I wish we could have done.”

What they have done though made a difference. In their lives, in the refugees’ lives, and Shadow hopes in others’ lives who see this and are inspired to help as well.

”Obviously, there will always be evil in this world,” Shadow said. “There will always be bad things. But we should always do what we can to fight that. There will always be darkness, but candles can eventually light up a room.”

If anyone would like to get involved, Cruise said the organization they used is called the Slavic Mission in Europe. You can find out more and donate here.

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Sapakoff: Legacy time for Brett Gardner, Justin Smoak, Matt Wieters

The three of them made their Major League Baseball debuts within less than two years of each other. They played in at least one All-Star Game apiece.The combined big league careers included a World Series ring, a Sports Illustrated cover, Gold Gloves and shiny stats.Former College of Charleston outfielder Brett Gardner and former Stratford High School teammates Justin Smoak and Matt Wieters are among the best MLB players at their positions in South Carolina history.A comeback or two is still possible, though Gardner, the...

The three of them made their Major League Baseball debuts within less than two years of each other. They played in at least one All-Star Game apiece.

The combined big league careers included a World Series ring, a Sports Illustrated cover, Gold Gloves and shiny stats.

Former College of Charleston outfielder Brett Gardner and former Stratford High School teammates Justin Smoak and Matt Wieters are among the best MLB players at their positions in South Carolina history.

A comeback or two is still possible, though Gardner, the most recently active of the three, likely won’t return in 2022, his agent told The Post and Courier on June 29.

In any case, this terrific trio blazed a Major League path hard to match for any future group with Charleston-area ties.

Legacies, in alphabetical order:

Brett Gardner

Age: 38

High school/college: Holly Hill Academy/College of Charleston

MLB draft: Third round, 2005, New York Yankees

MLB years: Outfielder for the Yankees, 2008-2021

Career WAR (Wins Above Replacement): 44.3

Rank among MLB players from South Carolina at his position: Gardner is No. 4 among outfielders, the Palmetto State’s most competitive position, behind Hall of Famers Larry Doby (49.2 WAR) and Jim Rice (47.7) and infamous cheater Shoeless Joe Jackson (62.1).

Highlights: Helped the Yankees win the 2009 World Series, played in the 2015 All-Star Game, 2016 Gold Glove winner

Legacy: One of the Yankees’ best, most respected players over his 14-year career.

Gardner has 1,470 hits, was known for speed early (274 stolen bases) and found more power later (139 home runs).

It’s pretty amazing that Gardner ranks third in stolen bases within baseball’s most storied franchise (behind only Hall of Famers Derek Jeter at 358 and Rickey Henderson at 326) and eighth in triples (73).

He was also good at leadership, skills learned from Jeter.

“It couldn’t be understated how much Brett Gardner does for this team,” Yankees right-hander Clarke Schmidt, a former South Carolina Gamecocks pitcher, said in 2020. “Anything leadership-wise, he does it. He takes the reigns. That’s the guy you look to, especially for younger guys, as someone you want to emulate.”

Age: 35

High school/college: Stratford/South Carolina

MLB draft: First round, 2008, Texas Rangers

MLB years: First baseman and designated hitter for the Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants, 2010-2020

Career WAR: 6.9

Rank among MLB players from South Carolina at his position: No. 3 at first base, behind Dan Driessen (20.4 WAR) and right behind Willie Mays Aikens (7.9) in the modern era.

Highlights: Started the 2017 All-Star Game, 38 home runs for the Blue Jays in 2017, a good defender who led American League first basemen in fielding percentage (.999) in 2018.

Legacy: Serious slugger

Only four other South Carolina-born players have more Major League homers than Smoak’s 196: Rice (382), Reggie Sanders (305), Doby (273) and Gorman Thomas (268).

That included 13 or more homers in nine different seasons for three different franchises.

“The biggest thing for me is staying healthy, doing things the right way and taking care of my body,” Smoak said in 2019 “That’s how you extend your career in this game.”

Age: 36

High school/college: Stratford/Georgia Tech

MLB draft: First round, 2007, Baltimore Orioles

MLB years: Catcher for the Orioles, Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals, 2009-2020

Career WAR: 18.3

Rank among MLB players from South Carolina at his position: No. 1 catcher, though without much competition yet (Lancaster’s Aaron Robinson, who played from 1943-1951, is No. 2 with 12.1 WAR).

Highlights: Four All-Star Games (2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016), two Gold Gloves (2011 and 2012), played in the postseason with Baltimore (2012 and 2016), Washington (2017) and St. Louis (2019), cover of Sports Illustrated in 2010.

Legacy: One of baseball’s best all-around catchers and leaders

At 6-5, Wieters, Joe Mauer and Sandy Alomar Jr. were the tallest regular catchers in Major League history until 6-6 former South Carolina Gamecocks’ star Grayson Greiner joined the Detroit Tigers in 2018.

Too bad Wieters had injuries later in his career, which kept him from coming close to the 500-plus at-bats per season he had from 2011-2013 in Baltimore.

They’ll never forget Wieters at Stratford, where a huge plaque celebrating his retired jersey No. 16 flanks one side of the school’s baseball scoreboard.

Smoak’s No. 12 is on the other side.

“This is real special to me, especially being able to go in with (Smoak),” Wieters said at the 2014 ceremony. “It’s a great honor. We’re blessed to be able to come back and get our names in the outfield.”

If the careers of Wieters, Smoak and Gardner are over, they’re over too soon. But following the mostly simultaneous Major League glory stretch was a blast for baseball fans all over the Lowcountry.

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FROMM Group expanding its U.S. Strapping Company, Inc. division in Lancaster County

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – U.S. Strapping Company, Inc., a division of FROMM Group, today announced plans to expand its operations in Lancaster County. The company’s $34.6 million investment will create 63 new jobs.

Established in 1947 and headquartered in Switzerland, FROMM Group is a market-leading manufacturer with years of experience in the development, sales and service of a wide range of packaging products for securing and protecting transport loads around the world.

Located at 234 Grace Avenue in Lancaster, the newly purchased building will be U.S. Strapping Company, Inc.’s second facility in the county and will allow the company to significantly increase its polyester (PET) strap manufacturing capacity. The state-of-the-art operation will also be a master distribution center for domestic and export sales.

The expansion is expected to be complete by March 2023. Individuals interested in joining the U.S. Strapping Company, Inc. team should email the company.


“Lancaster, S.C. is an ideal location for us to further expand and invest in our operations in the USA. The expansion strategy will help us to meet our increasing customers’ demands now and in the future. We have received exceptional cooperation and support from the Lancaster County Department of Economic Development and the South Carolina Department of Commerce.” -FROMM Group, Switzerland Chief Executive Officer Matthias Schwarzenbach

“Over the past few years Lancaster County has seen rapid economic growth, and today’s announcement by FROMM Group and their U.S. Strapping Company, Inc. division will further that trend. We thank U.S. Strapping Company, Inc. for their commitment to Lancaster and South Carolina.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“When an existing company in South Carolina grows, it proves we have the business environment and workforce for companies to find sustained success. Congratulations on today’s expansion announcement by FROMM Group and their U.S. Strapping Company, Inc. division in Lancaster County, and we look forward to working with them for many more years.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“It’s another golden day in Lancaster County with FROMM Group’s expansion of their Lancaster manufacturing operations. We couldn’t be more excited to see this project come to fruition and the business activity it will be bring to a strategically important industrial location. We are very pleased that FROMM Group recognized the outstanding business climate in Lancaster County and look forward to our continued partnership with this outstanding company.” -Lancaster County Department of Economic Development Executive Director James Gilbert


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