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 Laurens, 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 Laurens, 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 Laurens 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:
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 Laurens'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 Laurens.
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 Laurens, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:
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.
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.
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 Laurens, 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.
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.
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 Laurens, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.
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.
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.
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 Laurens, 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.
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.
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.
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!Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation
At last week’s Clinton City Council meeting Bryan Thomas and Clay Cannon with W K Dickson presented a potential master plan for the city’s newly acquired property located behind Whitten Center’s campus. Photo by Judith BrownClinton, S.C. – The undeveloped and heavily wooded areas which the City of Clinton acquired from Whitten Center could eventually include areas set aside for industrial uses, large parcel residential areas and a small commercial area if council adopts and begins working toward WK Dic...
At last week’s Clinton City Council meeting Bryan Thomas and Clay Cannon with W K Dickson presented a potential master plan for the city’s newly acquired property located behind Whitten Center’s campus. Photo by Judith Brown
Clinton, S.C. – The undeveloped and heavily wooded areas which the City of Clinton acquired from Whitten Center could eventually include areas set aside for industrial uses, large parcel residential areas and a small commercial area if council adopts and begins working toward WK Dickson’s tentative master plan. Clinton City Council and residents of the city were present during Monday evening’s council meeting to hear the options presented by Dickson staff members Bryan Thomas and Clay Cannon. The agricultural reserve includes a large swath of land located behind Whitten Center. The campus itself will remain intact and not under Clinton’s ownership. “We understand the value of the property to you and the citizens,” Thomas said. “Obviously, anything can change and what we are showing are just options that we feel could be the most beneficial.”
Thomas said they understood the city preferred for much of the old hardwoods to remain intact, but that it would still like to have some of the land developed in a way which conserves the beauty of the property and yet adds value and economic impact for the city. The engineers divided the property into three major parcels, one of which includes about 570 acres for potential residential development. Across Interstate 26 are about 260 acres which would be near the city’s industrial corridor. About 80 acres are on and near Highway 72, which will make sense as commercial property where such development is already locating, Thomas said. “We took topography into account because we are trying to preserve as many trees as we can,” Cannon said. “The city wants a forestry management plan, with streams and with a buffer of vegetation to preserve the stream banks. “You have a really unique situation here,” Cannon said. “This is a great recreational opportunity.” One of the residential areas allowed for lots of about an acre, and another nearby development could include lot sizes of four to five acres for an equestrian neighborhood. About seven miles of walking, mountain bike or horseback trails could then connect those developments and be available for public access. Thomas said the Upstate is lacking areas that can be developed and still provide plenty of space for outdoor recreation. If council adopts the master plan, the quickest first step is to market the commercial development lots, Thomas said. In other business, council approved second reading on an ordinance that amends the rental codes for roll-off containers. Council also approved a resolution that places an abandoned textile mill at 801 East Main Street under the state’s Textile Communities Revitalization Act. The property may eventually be used as a restaurant or food court. Council also released a portion of the DE Tribble properties from the buy-back option it had been under because the owner hopes to sell the property to another developer.
On Monday night, June 13, council was holding a called meeting for a public hearing on the 2022/23 city budget.
This story originally published in the Wednesday, June 8 issue of The Laurens County Advertiser.
GREENVILLE — A decade from now, an almost two-mile stretch along Laurens Road in Greenville is expected to transform from a series of big-box stores into a mixed-use development with offices, residences, retail and green space.The Hollingsworth Funds owns the 90 acres slated for transformation, which is part of the master plan for the greater 1,100-acre Verdae Development. The Greenville-based charitable foundation was established in the early 2000s by a massive real estate bequest from textile magnate John D. Hollingsworth Jr....
GREENVILLE — A decade from now, an almost two-mile stretch along Laurens Road in Greenville is expected to transform from a series of big-box stores into a mixed-use development with offices, residences, retail and green space.
The Hollingsworth Funds owns the 90 acres slated for transformation, which is part of the master plan for the greater 1,100-acre Verdae Development. The Greenville-based charitable foundation was established in the early 2000s by a massive real estate bequest from textile magnate John D. Hollingsworth Jr.
The area between Verdae Commons Drive and Haywood Road is in the redevelopment plan, including the shopping centers currently occupied by Michaels, PetSmart, 2nd and Charles, SkyZone and Burlington Coat Factory. Several empty parcels that once held Sam’s Club and Best Buy are also included.
The decline of large retail stores, the immense growth of the Greenville area, the long-term development ideals outlined in the Greenville 2040 plan and a shift in how the Hollingsworth Funds distributes money all contributed to the decision to update the Verdae proposal, Hollingsworth President and CEO Gage Weekes said.
The Verdae plan was created in 2005 and include more than 1,000 acres boxed in by Laurens Road, Woodruff Road and Interstate 85, with Verdae Boulevard winding through the center. About half of the available land has been developed into projects like the 950-home residential district Hollingsworth Park, the retirement community Cascades Verdae, an Embassy Suites hotel, the Preserve at Verdae Golf Club and many other commercial buildings and medical offices.
Around 2019, the Hollingsworth Funds and its subsequent real estate subsidiary Verdae Development Inc. engaged with the international nonprofit Urban Land Institute, which conducts research and educates on how to grow compact developments, to start updating its plan.
A group of real estate experts from around the country visited Greenville for a week, working with the Hollingsworth Funds to assemble a local team to further the plan, including Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, real estate advisory HR&A Advisors, and other professionals.
The stretch on Laurens Road was pinned as an area in need of transformation. But the project is still in its infancy.
“Right now, it’s just the vision,” Weekes said. “We use that word intentionally because there’s a lot of flexibility built into this.”
Highlights of the plan will include a new street running parallel between the Swamp Rabbit Trail and Laurens Road, which will act as another corridor specifically for the new mixed-use development. There are hopes to add parks and open space, more access to public transit, and pathways for bikes and pedestrians. It would include commercial offices, small and large businesses, and residences that include affordable options.
As for the future of the Michaels and Burlington Coat Factory, Weekes reassures that “nothing is coming out of the ground tomorrow.” The stores are there to stay for the immediate future.
“We expect those existing shopping centers right now to be in existence for a little bit,” Weekes said. “Our hope is to be able to work with most of those tenants over that long period of time to integrate as many of them as makes sense and is possible into the new development.”
The next steps include gathering input, working with the city to align the new project with updated codes, planning to finance public infrastructure and finding development partners. More details will be available once development partners are selected.
The project phases should be outlined later this year.
The original Verdae plan anticipated about 10,000 residents and 550 businesses within the larger development. Today, more than 160 businesses, 5,200 jobs and 8,200 residents are within the area. Weekes said the group is not at a point to provide updated forecast numbers.
In total, about 600 acres of the original 1,100 are yet to be developed or redeveloped with the inclusion of green space, Weekes said.
The Hollingsworth Funds has its roots in inventor and textile machinery mogul John D. Hollingsworth, Jr., who owned more than 40,000 acres in South Carolina at the time of his death in 2000. He gifted much of his estate to the Hollingsworth Funds. Over the last 20 years, it has worked to divest real estate to raise capital and create an endowment. The fund started with about $290 million in property with no liquid assets. Today, it operates with $400 million in assets, with $275 million liquid. The fund has contributed more than $100 million in grants to organizations in Greenville since its inception.
The foundation continues to raise money to grow its endowment. It also uses the land it still owns to give back to Greenville “from an economic development perspective,” Weekes said. Projects like the Shops at Greenridge and CU-ICAR have been developed on Hollingsworth’s land. But Weekes said Verdae in some respects is the “crown jewel.”
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Estate: Robert Charles Williams Date of Death: 04/07/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900381 Personal Representative: Michael L. Williams Address: 201 Syracuse Rd., Easley, SC 29642
June 1, 8, 15
Estate: Carolyn H. Trammell AKA Willie Carolyn Trammell Date of Death: 04/22/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900391 Personal Representative: Lee R. Trammell Address: 107 St. Lo Circle, Easley, SC 29640
June 1, 8, 15
Estate: Thomas Russell Richardson Date of Death: 08/13/2021 Case Number: 2022ES3900436 Personal Representative: Santanna R. Randolph Address: 100 Morris Lane, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 June 1, 8, 15
Estate: Edith Joann Williams Date of Death: 01/23/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900226 Personal Representative: Michael L. Williams Address: 201 Syracuse Rd., Easley, SC 29642
June 1, 8, 15
Estate: Lee Franklin Hall Date of Death: 12/26/2021 Case Number: 2022ES3900317 Personal Representative: Joye Hall Address: 1406 Old Easley Hwy., Easley, SC 29640 June 1, 8, 15
Estate: Jo Ann Wood Rollins Date of Death: 04/26/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900392 Personal Representative: Donna Young Address: 200 Andrew Road, Six Mile, SC 29682 Co-Personal Representative: Tammy Evatt Address: 172 Andrew Road, Six Mile, SC 29682 June 1, 8, 15
Estate: Theodore Florenz Balk Date of Death: 04/12/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900422 Personal Representative: Elizabeth G. Roberson Address: 488 Rebecca Drive, Leesville, SC 29070 June 1, 8, 15
Estate: Anne Willis Whitworth Date of Death: 04/26/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900432 Personal Representative: Jeffery S. Whitworth Address: 15 Harbor Oaks Dr., Greenville, SC 29609 Co-Personal Representative: Victor W. Whitworth Address: 147 Glassy Mtn. St., Pickens, SC 29671
June 1, 8, 15
Estate: James Rodney Law Date of Death: 03/21/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900476 Personal Representative: Brenda L. Law Address: 131 Archery Club Rd., Central, SC 29630
June 1, 8, 15
Estate: James Haskell Wilson Date of Death: 11/15/2021 Case Number: 2022ES3900461 Personal Representative: Barbara Gillespie Address: 3716 Six Mile Hwy., Central, SC 29630
June 1, 8, 15
Estate: Debra Lee Crocker Date of Death: 08/05/2021 Case Number: 2022ES3900468 Personal Representative: Stephen Crocker Address: 528 Rotterdam Road, Liberty, SC 29657 Attorney: Adam B. Lambert Address: Post Office Box 9, Pickens, SC 29671
June 1, 8, 15
Estate: Brenda Sue Everett Date of Death: 04/23/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900442 Personal Representative: Billy B. Everett Address: 109 Tedd Lane, Pickens, SC 29671 Attorney: Adam B. Lambert Address: Post Office Box 9, Pickens, SC 29671
June 1, 8, 15
Estate: Bonieta M. Turner AKA Bonnie M. Turner Date of Death: 03/21/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900473 Personal Representative: David R. Turner Address: 17 Old River Road, Milford, NJ 08848 Attorney: J. Baker Cleveland, III Address: Post Office Box 9, Pickens, SC 29671 June 1, 8, 15
Estate: Cleo Cauble Brown Date of Death: 05/09/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900441 Personal Representative: Cynthia Brown Smith Address: 108 Stone Meadow Way, Easley, SC 29642 Attorney: J. Baker Cleveland, III Address: Post Office Box 9, Pickens, SC 29671
June 1, 8, 15
Estate: Karen Lauer Lindenmeyer Date of Death: 02/09/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900266-2 Personal Representative: Victor C. Lindenmeyer Address: 5802 Hatteras Palm Way, Tampa, FL 33615 Attorney: Richard H. McDuff Address: 119-B Professional Park Drive, Seneca, SC 29678
June 1, 8, 15
Estate: Patricia Ann Gillespie Date of Death: 08/04/2021 Case Number: 2022ES3900215 Personal Representative: Brad Boggs Address: 2421 Highway 246 South Ninety-Six, SC 29666 Attorney: Stephen G. Potts Address: Post Office Box 987, Anderson, SC 29622
June 1, 8, 15
Estate: Donald Kenneth Gravely Date of Death: 07/10/2021 Case Number: 2022ES3900481 Personal Representative: Steven B. Gravely Address: 121 Deer Creek Court, Easley, SC 29642 Attorney: Thomas C. Brissey Address: 3 Boyce Avenue, Greenville, SC 29601 June 8, 15, 22
Estate: William Carl Wright, Jr. Date of Death: 02/07/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900479 Personal Representative: Ernest David Wright Address: 144 Lee Street, Laurens, SC 29360 Attorney: T. Matthew Bradley Address: Post Office Box 2911, Anderson, SC 29622
June 8, 15, 22
Estate: Marvin Carroll Buchanan, Sr. Date of Death: 01/31/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900482 Personal Representative: W. Todd Buchanan Address: 1003 Gap Hill Rd., Six Mile, SC 29682 Attorney: Timothy C. Merrell Address: 119B Professional Park Dr., Seneca, SC 29678
June 8, 15, 22
Estate: Beulah Elender Peyatt Date of Death: 01/31/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900485 Personal Representative: Ronnie D. Alexander Address: 1234 Breazeale Rd., Easley, SC 29640 Attorney: Scott Allmon Address: 1606 Blue Ridge Blvd., Seneca, SC 29672
June 8, 15, 22
Estate: Freda J. Clark Date of Death: 01/02/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900488 Personal Representative: Ronald E. Clark Address: 209 Brevard Drive, Easley, SC 29640 Attorney: J. Baker Cleveland, III Address: Post Office Box 9, Pickens, SC 29671
June 8, 15, 22
Estate: Judy Elaine Murphy Brissey Date of Death: 10/04/2021 Case Number: 2022ES3900486 Personal Representative: Kayla B. Crawford Address: 225 Thistlewood Dr., Easley, SC 29640
June 8, 15, 22
Estate: Linda Watson McKay Date of Death: 01/10/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900500 Personal Representative: Michael David McKay Address: Post Office Box 801, 132 Bert Mae Lane, Pickens, SC 29671
June 8, 15, 22
Estate: Ted Farley Mann Date of Death: 04/29/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900414 Personal Representative: Rebecca D. Mann Address: 227 Pine Ridge Drive, Easley, SC 29642
June 8, 15, 22
Estate: Freddy Wayne Dodson Date of Death: 03/28/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900495 Personal Representative: Pamela Jeanette Dodson Address: 1420 Six Mile Hwy., Central, SC 29630
June 8, 15, 22
Estate: Harry Laverne Baldwin Date of Death: 04/30/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900494 Personal Representative: Teri L. Baldwin Address: 552 Gap Hill Rd., Six Mile, SC 29682
June 8, 15, 22
Estate: Derril Reid Date of Death: 04/07/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900410 Personal Representative: Cheyenne Cook Address: 327 Nealy St., Pickens, SC 29671
June 8, 15, 22
Estate: Michael Keith Bryant Date of Death: 05/05/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900505 Personal Representative: Mary Jane Bryant Address:1101 Highland Rd., Easley, SC 29640
June 15, 22, 29
Estate: Charles Dwight Stewart Date of Death: 05/11/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900458 Personal Representative: Rebecca Lynn Palmer Address: 208 Breckenridge Dr., Six Mile, SC 29682
June 15, 22, 29
Estate: Richard Earl Norman Date of Death: 05/19/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900511 Personal Representative: Daniel R. Norman Address:3357 Eastport Rd., SE, Dennison, OH 44621 Attorney: Brian K. James Address: Post Office Box 93, Easley, SC 29641
June 15, 22, 29
Estate: James Olin Bielmyer AKA Jimmy O. Bielmyer Date of Death: 05/07/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900512 Personal Representative: Angel Demarksi Address: 10 Vintage Oaks Way, Simpsonville, SC 29681 Attorney: R. O’Neil Rabon, Jr. Address: P.O. Box 10766, Greenville, SC 29603
June 15, 22, 29
Estate: Dorothy Ann Knight Clardy Date of Death: 05/28/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900515 Personal Representative: Ann Clardy Address: 157 Stewart Gin Rd., Liberty, SC 29657 Attorney: J. Baker Cleveland, III Address: Post Office Box 9, Pickens, SC 29671
June 15, 22, 29
Estate: Kenneth Ray Herndon Date of Death: 03/29/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900322 Personal Representative: Trinity Regard Address:2707 12th Avenue, Vienna, WV 26105 Attorney: Daniel E. Hunt Address: P.O. Box 887, Easley, SC 29641
June 15, 22, 29
Estate: Shirley Ann Kidd Blubaugh Date of Death: 08/28/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900437 Personal Representative: Kimberly Yvonne Benning Address:5060 Walden Place, Mandeville, LA 70448 Attorney: H. Hall Provence, IV Address: Post Office Box 10766, Greenville, SC 29603
June 15, 22, 29
Laurens, South Carolina – Laurens District 55 School Board on Monday night approved a change to a Modified School Year Calendar starting with the 2023/24 school year, meaning children will get eight weeks of summer vacation instead of ten weeks under the traditional schedule.In a presentation byAssistant Supt. for Pupil Services Jody Penland, the board heard about survey results which showed a majority of teachers and parents who responded preferred a modified calendar over traditional or year round.After ...
Laurens, South Carolina – Laurens District 55 School Board on Monday night approved a change to a Modified School Year Calendar starting with the 2023/24 school year, meaning children will get eight weeks of summer vacation instead of ten weeks under the traditional schedule.
In a presentation by
Assistant Supt. for Pupil Services Jody Penland, the board heard about survey results which showed a majority of teachers and parents who responded preferred a modified calendar over traditional or year round.
After extensive discussion the board voted unanimously to adopt a modified calendar for the 2023/2024 school year.
Penland said that District 55 has typically worked with District 56 to coordinate the districts’ calendars, but administrators for District 55 began looking more seriously at the benefits of three optional calendars, discussing traditional versus modified versus the year-round calendars. The process included the District 55/56 joint calendar committee meeting, reviews with schools and teachers, another District 55 joint calendar committee meeting, community feedback through a virtual meeting and a Listen and Learn session, and finally Monday night’s presentation to the board.
”There were 783 survey responses, about 400 parents and about 150 teachers, plus community members,” Penland said.
In survey comments, some parents expressed concern about additional costs of child care during the unusual break periods, which includes two full weeks between the first and second nine weeks as a Fall Break and two full weeks at Spring Break, Penland said.
“The child care agencies, churches and the Y said as long as they knew ahead of time they could bring in extra staff for those breaks,” Penland said, adding that some churches which responded said they might be able to hold special camps during those longer breaks.
Under the modified calendar, there will still be the required 180 days of school for children, and it includes the same numbers of required professional staff development days, Penland said.
With the new schedule, students would arrive to school on August 1, 2023, and then a staff development day would be followed by Labor Day for a four-day student break at that time, according to calendars provided. Students would then have a two week Fall Break between October 2 through 15, a typical Thanksgiving holiday of three days and two weeks for the winter holiday.
Occasional days for state holidays or professional development would be followed by two-week-long Spring Break from March 25 through April 6, 2024.
If needed, inclement weather days would be the first three days of June.
Board chair Cathy Little said she’d have liked to see a much larger number of parent surveys but understood that was all the district received. Board member Neal Patterson suggested parents who were concerned about late summer vacations had the option of October vacations when the beaches were less crowded and save money with off-season costs, and board member Susan Ware said the somewhat shorter summer may mean that students would retain more knowledge that is often lost during a lengthier summer break.
As for child care issues, Penland said families would have a year and a half to begin making arrangements.
Neighbors react to a two-month moratorium on new large subdivisions as growth across Laurens County happens at a varied paceLAURENS COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Neighbors from the northern end of Laurens County have been regularly attending county council and planning commission meetings to voice concerns about the proliferation of new residential subdivisions in the area.After months of repeatedly expressing concerns about the potential impact on the roads, environment, school system and livelihoods, these concerned citizens ...
Neighbors react to a two-month moratorium on new large subdivisions as growth across Laurens County happens at a varied pace
LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Neighbors from the northern end of Laurens County have been regularly attending county council and planning commission meetings to voice concerns about the proliferation of new residential subdivisions in the area.
After months of repeatedly expressing concerns about the potential impact on the roads, environment, school system and livelihoods, these concerned citizens were pleasantly surprised Tuesday night.
The Laurens County Council passed two-month, county-wide moratorium on applications for new major subdivisions, which applies to proposals with 10 or more houses.
“I honestly did not see this coming,” Susan Stewart told FOX Carolina. “They’re taking us seriously and I think they are realizing that we’ve got to work in the area of community concern and in the best interest of our community.”
Councilman Kemp Younts made the motion for the moratorium after hearing from four citizens who spoke during public comments. He said the problem is compounded by the absence of zoning laws in Laurens County.
“Everything is moving too fast,” Younts said. “We’re not against the growth, but it’s got to be controlled.”
Councilman Jeffrey Carroll seconded the motion, and the measure passed with six votes and one abstention. Councilman David Tribble said he abstained from voting because he wasn’t sure how a moratorium would affect plans for subdivisions in his part of the county.
“There are almost 700 square miles in Laurens County,” Tribble said. “It’s not all the same - in terms of what the issues are.”
Younts said the goal is to pass a new ordinance for residential subdivisions before the moratorium deadline. The ordinance would increase the mandatory minimum size of subdivision lots from 8,000 square feet to 21,000 square feet.
Ashley Riddle said the ordinance would decrease the population density of the area.
“There are hundreds and hundreds of houses that are being built on roads that we don’t have the infrastructure for,” Riddle said. “The lots will be bigger and we’ll have fewer neighbors.”
During public comments, neighbors complained about signs that were recently posted by Laurens County to notify them about a proposed residential subdivision along Hunts Bridge Road.
“Even if you’re doing the speed limit at 45 miles an hour, it’s just a blur,” Joey Garrett. “There needs to be some bigger signs.”
Garrett is a Fountain Inn City Councilmember who grew up in a house across the street from the proposed subdivision Hunts Bridge Road, where a developer has submitted a proposal to build up to 150 new homes.
Garrett said his primary concern about rapid growth is the imact on the roads.
“It’s tore up from top to bottom,” Garrett told FOX Carolina News. “You’re putting another 253 vehicles on this road that can’t take it.”
During the council meeting, Garrett informed the council about a burial site which did not appear to be addressed in the developer’s proposal.
“We used to play on this property growing up,” Garrett told FOX Carolina. “I know there’s at least six or seven gravesites up there.”
FOX Carolina tried reaching the developer but did not hear back.
Laurens County faces multiple lawsuits from both sides of the development issue.
Hunts Bridge Holdings, LLC, has filed a lawsuit against the Laurens County Planning Commission after it failed to approve the developer’s application to build a residential subdivision on Hunts Bridge and Durbin roads. The lawsuit alleges that the proposal met all requirements and the commission did not explain its reason for denying the application.
Garrison Arena, LLC has filed a lawsuit against Laurens County, Jon Caime (former Laurens County administrator), the Laurens County Planning Commission, Sylvester Grant (former planning commissioner), Bluewater Civil Design, LLC, Mark III Properties, LLC, the Springs Land Holdings, LLC and John Beeson, Trustee. Garrison Arena operates a horse training arena and maintains cattle. The lawsuit alleges that logging on the property being developed damaged a fence, which caused cattle to escape and disrupted the horse training operation. The lawsuit also accuses the developers of violating setback requirements and failing to conduct sufficient traffic studies. It accuses the county of failing to properly notify residents about the proposed development and give them adequate time to respond before approving the plans.
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