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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 Manning, 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 Manning, 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 Manning 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 Manning, 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 Manning'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 Manning.

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

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 Manning, 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 Manning, 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 Manning, 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 Manning, 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 Manning, 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!

Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation
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Latest News in Manning, SC

Summerville Orchestra Woodwind Quintet to perform in Summerton

The Summerville Orchestra (S.O.) Woodwind Quintet will perform on Sat., July 9, at 1 p.m. in Charles Allen Ridgeway Park, the town square in Summerton, S.C. Following the hour-long concert by the S.O. quintet, the public will have the opportunity to perform instrumental, vocal or other acts or jams at an open mic that will continue until dusk. Community musicians, current and retired professionals, and student musicians are invited to participate. Cedric Liqueur, event coordinator and development director for the Town of Summerton and himsel...

The Summerville Orchestra (S.O.) Woodwind Quintet will perform on Sat., July 9, at 1 p.m. in Charles Allen Ridgeway Park, the town square in Summerton, S.C. Following the hour-long concert by the S.O. quintet, the public will have the opportunity to perform instrumental, vocal or other acts or jams at an open mic that will continue until dusk. Community musicians, current and retired professionals, and student musicians are invited to participate. Cedric Liqueur, event coordinator and development director for the Town of Summerton and himself an accomplished Shakesperian actor and playwright, especially encourages those with hearing and visual impairments to participate in the open-mic performances.

“We’re so excited to host this musical event here in Summerton’s downtown historic Charles Allen Ridgeway Park,” says Summerton’s newly elected mayor Tony Junious. “Arts are essential as the cornerstone of any community.”

The S.O.’s quintet will include clarinet, horn, flute, oboe and bassoon. “It is our mission to spread music and the joy it brings to all, and to have this chance during the summer season is so gratifying,” says S.O.’s music director Wojciech Milewski. “This is a very exciting opportunity for us.”

In addition to musical entertainment, Summerton’s 4 MAIN Events Center, across the street from Charles Allen Ridgeway Park, will feature a solo photography exhibition by professional South Carolina resident photographer Jim Benson.

Chairs will be provided, but guests are invited to bring their own chairs or sit on the lawn. Refreshments will also be available, and there will be an attempt to practice some social distancing.

To reserve a performance slot, contact Cedric Liqueur at cedricliq@aol.com or (803) 485-2525.

The musical performances plus the photography exhibit are free and open to the public.

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The idyllic Town of Summerton has slightly more than 900 residents, and the concert is expected to pull from the more than 31,000 residents of Clarendon County, including the neighboring towns of Santee and Sumter. Summerton is located 8 miles from Lake Marion, and is about an hour from both Columbia and Charleston.

The Summerville Orchestra seeks to share its love of music by engaging and enriching the community through the orchestral art form. The 65-member orchestra performs an annual subscription series of five concerts at the Summers Corner Performing Arts Center, along with free concerts and events throughout the greater Summerville area.

For more information about the S.O, contact office@summervilleorchestra.org or

call (843) 873-5339.

Gov. McMaster requests investigation into Richland School District Two

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - South Carolina’s governor is requesting an investigation into the Richland School District Two by the Inspector General.In a letter, Governor Henry McMaster said his offices have received complaints from parents and other members of the community about, “organizational or institutional dysfunction or other mismanagement by Richland Two’s elected and appointed leadership.”Complaints have also included claims that the issues have, “negatively impacted the district’s abili...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - South Carolina’s governor is requesting an investigation into the Richland School District Two by the Inspector General.

In a letter, Governor Henry McMaster said his offices have received complaints from parents and other members of the community about, “organizational or institutional dysfunction or other mismanagement by Richland Two’s elected and appointed leadership.”

Complaints have also included claims that the issues have, “negatively impacted the district’s ability to conduct, manage, and oversee its fiscal affairs in an appropriate and effective manner.”

McMaster also requested Inspector General Brian Lamkin to investigate, “malfeasance, misfeasance, chronic unexcused absenteeism, conflicts of interest, misconduct in office, or persistent neglect of duty in office...” in the board of trustees. This information will be used to help the governor determine if it warrants the removal of board members.

The district issued a response to McMaster’s request that was provided to parents and the public,

“Richland School District Two administrators contacted State Inspector General Brian Lamkin on June 23, 2022, to follow up on a report that the Governor had submitted a formal request to Mr. Lamkin to conduct an investigation, review and analysis of Richland Two. In speaking with Mr. Lamkin, we pledged our full cooperation with the investigation.

As demonstrated in our recent successful accreditation process and our annual financial audits, our district approaches any and all reviews with a strong commitment to transparency and to our Core Values of Learning, Character, Community and Joy.”

The letter comes after a verbal altercation in April of this year involving board members during a meeting. A recording of the incident included an expletive laden exchange and threats, “I will f--- you up.”

An apology was later issued by board member Lashonda McFadden,

“My apologies to the community because my behavior is a bad representation of this district as an elected official and as an adult there is really no excuse for my behavior this is not a reflection of my character but I found the limit of my breaking point.”

McFadden turned herself in to investigators with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) after a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was later released on bond.

The district has also faced previous issues of potential misconduct. In January, RCSD became involved in the district’s affairs after an verbal altercation involving the superintendent, his wife, and three people attending the meeting during a meeting. No charges were filed in that investigation.

We have embedded the entirety of the letter below.

New officers were elected during the Tuesday, June 28 meeting. James Manning is the new M.A.T., Chair; Amelia McKie is the new Vice Chair; and Dr. Teresa Holmes is the new Secretary. Each officer will serve a one-year term.

According to Policy BD, board officers are elected annually at the last board meeting in June during the last order of business.

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Clarendon briefs, June 24, 2022

K & H Resource Center hosts Big Book Drop on June 25SUMMERTON - K & H Resource Center is hosting a Big Book Drop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25 at the center, 45 S. Church St.The event is sponsored by Save the Children.Free books will be given to children.Clarendon Consolidated School District holds out-of-district registrationCLARENDON COUNTY - Clarendon Consolidated School District is holding registration for out-of-district students only from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. ...

K & H Resource Center hosts Big Book Drop on June 25

SUMMERTON - K & H Resource Center is hosting a Big Book Drop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25 at the center, 45 S. Church St.

The event is sponsored by Save the Children.

Free books will be given to children.

Clarendon Consolidated School District holds out-of-district registration

CLARENDON COUNTY - Clarendon Consolidated School District is holding registration for out-of-district students only from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. July 11-14.

In-person-only registration is being held at East Clarendon Middle/High School gymnasium, Scott's Branch Middle/High School gymnasium and at the Manning High School gymnasium.

Registrants are asked to bring a release letter and payment, long-form birth certificate, proof of residency, transcript/report card, Medicaid card (if applicable), a copy of their parent/guardian identification, immunization record, custody/guardianship documents and IEP/504 (if applicable).

Manning's Red, White & Blue Celebration July 1

MANNING - Join the City of Manning for its annual Red, White & Blue Celebration from 6:30 to 11 p.m. July 1 at the Farmer's Market, 21 E. Boyce St.

There will be music and great food. The fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m.

Don't forget to bring a chair.

Free financial workshop will be held July 30

SUMMERTON - A free financial literacy workshop facilitated by Joel Nesbitt, financial adviser with Edward Jones Investments, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Summerton Town Hall, 10 Main St.

Join the workshop to enhance your financial knowledge, learn how to develop a realistic budget, learn to build a good credit history, learn to become debt free, and learn to save a dime when you don't have a dime to save.

Refreshments will be provided.

Camp Happy Days

needs donations

SUMMERTON - Camp Happy Days, a weeklong camp for children with cancer and their siblings, is returning to Camp Bob Cooper the first week in July.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the camp into partial and virtual camps for the past two years, but this year these young cancer patients will be able to enjoy all the fun and festivities that Clarendon County has to offer.

The camp can't happen without the help of the community. Camp Happy Days is in dire need of money, especially to cover the rising costs of food and other supplies.

If you would like to help make this year's camp a success for these youngsters and teens, please send a donation to Bill Ellis, 1358 Sportsman Drive, Manning SC 29102. Please make the check payable to: Camp Happy Days.

If you would like more information, please call Ellis, who has been volunteering with Camp Happy Days for more than three decades, at (803) 460-7666.

Manning Farmer's

Market now open

MANNING - The Manning Farmer's Market at the corner of East Boyce and North Church streets is now open.

Support your local farmers, produce stands and maybe a few avid gardeners who will be selling their wares at the market from 8 a.m. until noon each Saturday until October.

Lander University announces Spring 2022 Graduates

Lander University announces Spring 2022 graduatesGREENWOOD, S.C. - Lander University conferred bachelor's and master's degrees upon 421 students during the 165th commencement ceremony on May 4. Hollywood actor Andy Buckley, known for his role in the hit television series "The Office," delivered the keynote address during the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ceremonies held inside Finis Horne Arena.Honor status was bestowed on baccalaureate degree graduates based on their final grade point average (GPA). Those receiving distinction ...

Lander University announces Spring 2022 graduates

GREENWOOD, S.C. - Lander University conferred bachelor's and master's degrees upon 421 students during the 165th commencement ceremony on May 4. Hollywood actor Andy Buckley, known for his role in the hit television series "The Office," delivered the keynote address during the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ceremonies held inside Finis Horne Arena.

Honor status was bestowed on baccalaureate degree graduates based on their final grade point average (GPA). Those receiving distinction for their academic achievements are indicated as below.

The Class of 2022 includes graduates from local communities across the State, the Nation, and internationally. Graduates are listed by their hometowns.

South Carolina

Abbeville

Aiken

Anderson

Aynor

Bamberg

Barnwell

Batesburg

Beaufort

Beech Island

Belton

Bishopville

Blackville

Blythewood

Boiling Springs

Calhoun Falls

Camden

Campobello

Central

Chapin

Charleston

Cheraw

Chester

Clemson

Clinton

Clover

Columbia

Conway

Cross

Donalds

Due West

Duncan

Easley

Edgefield

Effingham

Elgin

Enoree

Eutawville

Florence

Fountain Inn

Gaffney

Gaston

Georgetown

Gilbert

Goose Creek

Gray Court

Greenville

Greenwood

Greer

Hartsville

Hilton Head Island

Hodges

Honea Path

Inman

Irmo

Iva

Joanna

Johnston

Kingstree

Lamar

Lancaster

Landrum

Laurens

Lexington

Liberty

Lyman

Marion

McCormick

Moncks Corner

Moore

Mount Croghan

Mount Pleasant

Murrells Inlet

Myrtle Beach

Newberry

Ninety Six

North Augusta

North Myrtle Beach

Orangeburg

Pauline

Pelzer

Pickens

Piedmont

Pomaria

Port Royal

Powdersville

Richburg

Ridgeland

Rock Hill

Roebuck

Saint Helena Island

Saint Stephen

Saluda

Simpsonville

Society Hill

Spartanburg

Summerville

Sumter

Surfside Beach

Swansea

Taylors

Tega Cay

Townville

Turbeville

Walhalla

Ware Shoals

West Columbia

Westminster

Whitmire

Williamston

Williston

Winnsboro

Woodruff

York

Out-of State

Alabama

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Massachusettes

Michigan

North Carolina

New Jersey

New York

Ohio

Tennessee

Texas

Vermont

Virginia

U.S. Virgin Islands

International

Zimbabwe

Cambodia

France

Jamaica

Spain

United Kingdom

About Lander University

Founded in 1872, Lander University is a public, co-educational teaching institution that serves approximately 3,800 students. Located in Greenwood, South Carolina, the University offers more than 90 areas of study in the liberal arts and sciences, with professional programs in STEM, education, business and nursing. To learn more about Lander, go online to www.lander.edu.

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Pac-12 rivals USC and UCLA 'are planning to defect to the Big Ten in 2024' in a major NCAA shakeup

Two collegiate sports powerhouses are preparing to defect from the Pac-12 and join the Big Ten in the latest shakeup to the NCAA's competitive landscape.As multiple outlets reported Thursday, Los Angeles-area rivals USC and UCLA are in talks to join Big Ten after decades in the Pac-12 (née: Big Five, Big Six, Pacific-8, and Pacific-10). Not only would the move deprive the 107-year-old conference of two of its most prestigious athletic departments, but it would also cost the Pac-12 its foothold in the lucrative Southern ...

Two collegiate sports powerhouses are preparing to defect from the Pac-12 and join the Big Ten in the latest shakeup to the NCAA's competitive landscape.

As multiple outlets reported Thursday, Los Angeles-area rivals USC and UCLA are in talks to join Big Ten after decades in the Pac-12 (née: Big Five, Big Six, Pacific-8, and Pacific-10). Not only would the move deprive the 107-year-old conference of two of its most prestigious athletic departments, but it would also cost the Pac-12 its foothold in the lucrative Southern California media market.

Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren has yet to address the issue publicly as talks are reportedly ongoing.

The move has not been finalized, according to syndicated sports reporter Jon Wilner, who also reports that the move could happen as early as 2024.

A final decision could be reached this week, according to Sports Illustrated's Ross Dellenger, who reports the schools expressed interest in the Big Ten months ago.

Although UCLA is primarily known as a basketball powerhouse, with 11 men's NCAA titles, any move to the Big Ten would likely be due to football, which is the most profitable in the college sports hierarchy.

The Big Ten's reported overtures to UCLA and USC come after the Southeastern Conference successfully lured Oklahoma and Texas away from the Big-12 for the 2025 season.

Following the reported news on Thursday, many experts speculated that the Big Ten's acquisition of UCLA and USC could lead other major athletic powerhouses to defect to either that conference or the SEC.

'Just got off the phone with someone who believes this eventually leads to two megaconferences — the Big Ten and SEC — with 20 or more members apiece,' read a tweet from The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach.

By adding 11-time national football champion USC to a conference that already boasts Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State, the Big Ten would hope to compete with an SEC that is widely regarded as the toughest, most popular conference in college football.

Including the 2021 national champion Georgia Bulldogs, five of the last seven title winners have come from the SEC. Meanwhile, the Big Ten has won just one national championship in the last two decades: Ohio State's 2014 title.

USC has been in the Pac-12 since 1922, while UCLA joined in 1928.

Collegiate athletic conferences once centered around geography and traditional rivalries back then. Now, though, with conferences operating their own cable networks while pulling in vast revenue from the wildly popular College Football Playoff, schools' proximity to each other is no longer a concern.

For instance, the Big Ten started as a midwestern conference, but now includes east-coast schools like Rutgers and Maryland, as well as Nebraska.

Now student athletes at UCLA and USC could potentially be looking at cross-country road trips for in-conference competition if the Big Ten does approve the moves.

Columbia school board cooperating with state probe: ‘We’ll find some things come to light’

COLUMBIA — Richland County School District Two board of trustees said they plan to cooperate in the state inspector general’s upcoming investigation of the district’s leadership practices, voting on June 28 to hire attorneys.Gov. Henry McMaster called for a probe of Richland Two after hearing concerns about the administration and board, alleging “dysfunction” and “mismanagement” in the state’s fifth-largest school district.“I think we’ll find some things come to light,...

COLUMBIA — Richland County School District Two board of trustees said they plan to cooperate in the state inspector general’s upcoming investigation of the district’s leadership practices, voting on June 28 to hire attorneys.

Gov. Henry McMaster called for a probe of Richland Two after hearing concerns about the administration and board, alleging “dysfunction” and “mismanagement” in the state’s fifth-largest school district.

“I think we’ll find some things come to light, which I think ultimately will be positive,” board vice chairman James Manning said. “We’re going to cooperate and we’ll see where it goes.”

Board members voted to hire attorneys from the Columbia-based Wyche Law Firm for the investigation. The hiring is urgent, Manning said, but it’s too early to know the final cost of the attorneys’ fees.

“It’s just to make sure we have the best representation for the district,” Manning said.

Because McMaster signed a law on June 17 giving himself the power to direct the Inspector General’s Office to investigate school districts, Richland Two is the first district in the state to be the subject of one of those investigations.

Another recently signed state law gives the governor power to remove school board members for misconduct in office. In his letter to Inspector General Brian Lamkin requesting an investigation, McMaster specifically asked that he be notified if the office finds malfeasance or misconduct by individual board members.

McMaster’s letter did not go into detail about instances of dysfunction or mismanagement. But a spokesman for the governor’s office did say they received “hundreds” of complaints from folks amid public rifts in the 28,000-student school district’s leadership.

Recent incidents include a heated confrontation between Superintendent Baron Davis and critics at a January board meeting, and board member Lashonda McFadden being charged with threatening the life of a public employee after she verbally threatened to beat up board chairwoman Theresa Holmes during an April meeting.

Still, Holmes said she’s proud of the school district and its leadership and is hopeful the investigation will be a positive for the district.

“I stand by what I say,” Holmes said. “And if I’m proven wrong, I will correct myself and apologize. But when I’m right, and I know I’m right, I stand by what I say.”

The board members look forward to working with the inspector general despite the lack of details on the exact reasoning for the investigation, Manning said.

The timeline of the investigation is also unclear because the governor did not specify one in his letter, and no response from the inspector general has been released.

“The legislation allows for the broad structure, so the governor is acting within what his legal authority is,” Manning said. “Being the first district going through this, I think that’ll sort of help understand where boundaries are.”

SolarGen of South Carolina establishing operations in Clarendon County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – SolarGen of South Carolina, a wholly owned subsidiary of CMDAJ Holdings, LLC, today announced plans to establish operations in Clarendon County. The company is investing $150 million into the solar energy operation.SolarGen of South Carolina is a clean energy development company focused on creating lower-cost, solar-electric generating facilities for the South Carolina community.Located in Alcolu, SolarGen of South Carolina is construct...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – SolarGen of South Carolina, a wholly owned subsidiary of CMDAJ Holdings, LLC, today announced plans to establish operations in Clarendon County. The company is investing $150 million into the solar energy operation.

SolarGen of South Carolina is a clean energy development company focused on creating lower-cost, solar-electric generating facilities for the South Carolina community.

Located in Alcolu, SolarGen of South Carolina is constructing a 125-megawatt (MW) solar farm that will span approximately500 acres.

Operations are expected to be online in the fourth quarter of 2024.

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“Clarendon County and South Carolina Department of Commerce’s professional, prompt and business “can-do” attitude – combined with their understanding of the important role of sustainable, clean energy to its growing economic base – made selecting this Clarendon County site for our next project a perfunctory, easy decision. We are very pleased to be part of this team to help grow the South Carolina economic base.” -SolarGen of South Carolina President Carmine Iadarola

“When a new solar project is launched in South Carolina, it’s a sign that our renewable energy sector continues to thrive. This new $150 million investment will make a big difference in Clarendon County, and we’re excited to welcome SolarGen of South Carolina to one of our rural communities.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“Our approach to creating a business-friendly environment for all types of companies continues to pay off, and SolarGen of South Carolina’s investment in Clarendon County is a testament to that. I look forward to seeing the impact that the renewable energy industry will have in the region and across the state.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“We are pleased to welcome SolarGen of South Carolina to our growing list of companies in Clarendon County. We support this investment in green energy, as it adds to our growing renewable energy cluster.” -Clarendon County Council Chair Dwight Stewart

“The continued growth of renewable energy operations in Clarendon County and throughout the heart of South Carolina highlights the potential available for businesses in this sector to find success here. Welcome, SolarGen of South Carolina, to the community.” -Central SC Alliance Chairman W. Keller Kissam

FIVE FAST FACTS

• SolarGen of South Carolina is establishing operations in Clarendon County.

• Company is investing $150 million.

• SolarGen of South Carolina is a clean energy development company focused on creating lower-cost, solar-electric generating facilities.

• Operations are expected to be online in the fourth quarter of 2024.

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

Residents recovering from April 5th tornado

Three weeks after an EF-2 tornado swept through Manning, residents are still cleaning up the destruction left behind.MANNING, S.C. — Some residents in the Midlands are still cleaning up the mess left after multiple tornadoes touched down on April 5th.Manning resident Myles Lee said he was shocked to see the power of wind."It’s just going to take...

Three weeks after an EF-2 tornado swept through Manning, residents are still cleaning up the destruction left behind.

MANNING, S.C. — Some residents in the Midlands are still cleaning up the mess left after multiple tornadoes touched down on April 5th.

Manning resident Myles Lee said he was shocked to see the power of wind.

"It’s just going to take weeks and weeks and weeks to get back to where we were," Lee said. "It's gonna take time. The contractor said it's gonna take about four weeks until they can come, so it's pretty much a waiting game."

Lee told News 19 this was the home he and his brothers grew up in.

"It's kinda like a safe place, it's our sanctuary," Lee said. "That house is like my mom's baby, so she's a little upset about it, but really they fared well. They need a roof, windows, and a lot of the inside's torn out, so it could’ve been a lot worse than it is, but still a lot to deal with."

On April 5, an EF-2 tornado touched down in Manning, destroying more than a dozen homes in one community.

Lee explains, they are waiting for a structural review to see if anything shifted and if the home will be condemned.

"My dad said it was every bit of 15 seconds that you had to think about what in the world you’re gonna do with a tornado," Lee said. "Yeah, we’ve been seeing warnings all day, but it’s just different when it’s in your front yard."

Following Governor Henry McMaster’s request for aid, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced on Wednesday that "South Carolina’s businesses and residents affected by the severe storms and tornadoes on April 5-6 may apply for low interest disaster loans."

Those counties include Allendale, Bamburg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton and Orangeburg.

Residents in Manning, SC are still picking up the pieces after a tornado swept through their community on April 5th. I’ll have more details tonight on @WLTX pic.twitter.com/URvnFUwPmv

— Tai Wong (@TaiWongNews) April 22, 2022

The Mayor of Manning, Julia Nelson, said no federal funding was given to the city or Clarendon County.

"Unfortunately, because it wasn’t claimed a disaster that could have federal assistance, everyone is going to have to depend on their homeowner insurance," Mayor Nelson said.

She explained, assistance is determined by the amount of damaged caused by the disaster, but the city will help any resident who was impacted and needs financial assistance.

"We already have an account for disaster relief," Mayor Nelson said. "We will make a plea out to the public and let them know if somebody has a chainsaw that can assistant or some other type of equipment. But if we know about it, this community will always come together and try to assist one another. So if we find out about a need, we'll find a way to make it work."

For residents who do qualify for the SBA federal loan, the deadline to apply is June 20, 2022. To apply, CLICK HERE.

Clarendon County ranked 24th in SC for unemployed heavy drinkers

A nationwide study by Rehabs.com, a leading provider of addiction treatment resources, has found that Clarendon County has among the highest rate of unemployed heavy drinkers in South Carolina. Using data by County Health Rankings, the number of heavy drinkers were identified as well as those who were unemployed. These figures were then weighted by the local working population size to calculate a ranking within the state. Clarendon County has a 15% excessive drinking rate, and an unemployment rate of 3.9%, ranking it in 24th place in South C...

A nationwide study by Rehabs.com, a leading provider of addiction treatment resources, has found that Clarendon County has among the highest rate of unemployed heavy drinkers in South Carolina. Using data by County Health Rankings, the number of heavy drinkers were identified as well as those who were unemployed. These figures were then weighted by the local working population size to calculate a ranking within the state. Clarendon County has a 15% excessive drinking rate, and an unemployment rate of 3.9%, ranking it in 24th place in South Carolina - among the highest rate of unemployed drinkers in the state.

Fairfield County emerged in first place overall for the highest rate of unemployed drinkers in the Palmetto State, with 2,285 excessive drinkers, and a 4.4% unemployment rate.

Comparatively and more positively, McCormick County placed last in the state. The county’s 1,039 excessive drinkers compared against a 3.1% unemployment rate.

What is heavy/binge drinking?

Binge drinking is a serious – but also considered a preventable – public health issue across the country. It’s estimated that 77% of the cost of excessive alcohol consumption in the U.S. is due to binge drinking, and most binge drinkers are not alcohol dependent. That is, they typically don’t struggle with a complete inability to stop drinking, or crave alcohol to the point that they can’t focus on anything else. These costs, however, are a result of loss in workplace productivity, criminal justice costs and healthcare expenditures, among other expenses.

Defined as a drinking pattern that increases an individual’s blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 g/dl or above, this usually occurs when women have four or more drinks over approximately a two-hour period. For men, it’s typically five or more drinks in the same time period. These limits are lower for women because they tend to have smaller bodies and less water to dilute alcohol, so the concentration of alcohol in their blood will be higher than in a man who drinks the same amount.

Why can heavy drinking be a risk to health?

The risks of alcoholism have been widely discussed, and many are aware of the negative consequences that can ensue, such as increased risk of car accidents, serious falls and injuries and alcohol poisoning. However, fewer people know that long-term heavy drinking is also associated with:

High blood pressure

Heart arrhythmias

Increased risk of developing diabetes

Higher cancer risks, including cancers of the breast, pancreas, liver, lung and gastrointestinal system

Mental health problems

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Memory and learning issues

What is the social impact of heavy drinking?

The social impact of alcohol abuse is a separate issue from the health and financial costs involved. This impact starts by negatively affecting home and family life first. These issues can then extend into the community and possibly have a detrimental effect on society as a whole (much in the same way that excessive drinking creates costs to the US). Interpersonal and family relationships can be disturbed by heavy drinking patterns, potentially resulting in ongoing conflict. These trends can carry over into the workplace due to factors like poor performance, absenteeism or even accidents as a result of alcohol use. A combination of the above consequences of heavy drinking can also negatively impact the quality of life of both the drinker as well as their loved ones.

Treatment options available for alcohol use disorder

Although alcohol use disorder is common in the United States, they are treatable. A wide variety of rehabs, addiction treatment programs, and aftercare services are offered to help people find a program that is best for them. If you have developed an alcohol addiction, understanding your options for treatment is important. Alcohol rehab centers can offer you the medical attention and support you need to pursue and maintain sobriety.

Proper treatment facilities provide patients with care from medical for the treatment of their alcohol use disorder (AUD). Many people benefit from inpatient treatment since they are separated from the triggers that lead to them drinking and can focus solely on their recovery. In addition to treatment for alcohol addiction, many facilities also specialize in rehabilitation from substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions, and offer patients treatment in a private residential setting or outpatient treatment services.

“Heavy (or binge) drinking is an extremely common pattern of drinking among people with or without an addiction to alcohol says a Rehabs.com spokesperson. “This type of excessive drinking can be detrimental to a person’s health and overall quality of life, regardless of their age, gender or employment status.”

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A nationwide study by Rehabs.com, a leading provider of addiction treatment resources, has found that Clarendon County has among the highest rate of unemployed heavy drinkers in South Carolina. Using data by County Health Rankings, the number of heavy drinkers were identified as well as those who were unemployed. These figures were then weighted by the local working population size to calculate a ranking within the state. Clarendon County has a 15% excessive drinking rate, and an unemployment rate of 3.9%, ranking it in 24th place in South Carolina - among the highest rate of unemployed drinkers in the state.

Fairfield County emerged in first place overall for the highest rate of unemployed drinkers in the Palmetto State, with 2,285 excessive drinkers, and a 4.4% unemployment rate.

Comparatively and more positively, McCormick County placed last in the state. The county’s 1,039 excessive drinkers compared against a 3.1% unemployment rate.

What is heavy/binge drinking?

Binge drinking is a serious – but also considered a preventable – public health issue across the country. It’s estimated that 77% of the cost of excessive alcohol consumption in the U.S. is due to binge drinking, and most binge drinkers are not alcohol dependent. That is, they typically don’t struggle with a complete inability to stop drinking, or crave alcohol to the point that they can’t focus on anything else. These costs, however, are a result of loss in workplace productivity, criminal justice costs and healthcare expenditures, among other expenses.

Defined as a drinking pattern that increases an individual’s blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 g/dl or above, this usually occurs when women have four or more drinks over approximately a two-hour period. For men, it’s typically five or more drinks in the same time period. These limits are lower for women because they tend to have smaller bodies and less water to dilute alcohol, so the concentration of alcohol in their blood will be higher than in a man who drinks the same amount.

Why can heavy drinking be a risk to health?

The risks of alcoholism have been widely discussed, and many are aware of the negative consequences that can ensue, such as increased risk of car accidents, serious falls and injuries and alcohol poisoning. However, fewer people know that long-term heavy drinking is also associated with:

High blood pressure

Heart arrhythmias

Increased risk of developing diabetes

Higher cancer risks, including cancers of the breast, pancreas, liver, lung and gastrointestinal system

Mental health problems

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Memory and learning issues

What is the social impact of heavy drinking?

The social impact of alcohol abuse is a separate issue from the health and financial costs involved. This impact starts by negatively affecting home and family life first. These issues can then extend into the community and possibly have a detrimental effect on society as a whole (much in the same way that excessive drinking creates costs to the US). Interpersonal and family relationships can be disturbed by heavy drinking patterns, potentially resulting in ongoing conflict. These trends can carry over into the workplace due to factors like poor performance, absenteeism or even accidents as a result of alcohol use. A combination of the above consequences of heavy drinking can also negatively impact the quality of life of both the drinker as well as their loved ones.

Treatment options available for alcohol use disorder

Although alcohol use disorder is common in the United States, they are treatable. A wide variety of rehabs, addiction treatment programs, and aftercare services are offered to help people find a program that is best for them. If you have developed an alcohol addiction, understanding your options for treatment is important. Alcohol rehab centers can offer you the medical attention and support you need to pursue and maintain sobriety.

Proper treatment facilities provide patients with care from medical for the treatment of their alcohol use disorder (AUD). Many people benefit from inpatient treatment since they are separated from the triggers that lead to them drinking and can focus solely on their recovery. In addition to treatment for alcohol addiction, many facilities also specialize in rehabilitation from substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions, and offer patients treatment in a private residential setting or outpatient treatment services.

“Heavy (or binge) drinking is an extremely common pattern of drinking among people with or without an addiction to alcohol says a Rehabs.com spokesperson. “This type of excessive drinking can be detrimental to a person’s health and overall quality of life, regardless of their age, gender or employment status.”

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