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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 Marion, 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 Marion, 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 Marion 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 Marion, 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 Marion'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 Marion.

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

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

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

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

Decor

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

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

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

Photo Opportunities

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

From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Marion, 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 Marion, 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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It’s almost time for some Texas BBQ: Buc-ee’s in Florence finally sets opening date

The new Buc-ee’s travel center in Florence has finally set an opening date after a year and a half of work and months of delays.Buc-ee’s expects its new gas station to have its grand opening on May 16, the company said in a statement. The company has been growing rapidly across the nation, with new outposts cropping up in Alabama Georgia and Florida in the last year. The location in Florence is the fi...

The new Buc-ee’s travel center in Florence has finally set an opening date after a year and a half of work and months of delays.

Buc-ee’s expects its new gas station to have its grand opening on May 16, the company said in a statement. The company has been growing rapidly across the nation, with new outposts cropping up in Alabama Georgia and Florida in the last year. The location in Florence is the first Buc-ee’s to open in South Carolina.

WPDE first reported the news of the Buc-ee’s opening date.

Buc-ee’s is best known for having the “cleanest restrooms in Texas,” but it will also be serving Texas BBQ, selling its sweet treats called “beaver nuggets” and have 120 fueling stations. The gas station also has a wide selection of jerky, fresh pastries and homemade fudge, among other items. Want a Buc-ee’s T-shirt? It’s got that too.

Hiring is already underway for 175 jobs at the store, the company said. All of them have a starting pay of $18-$22 per hour with full benefits, including 401k matching, medical and dental insurance and three weeks of paid time off.

The 50,000-square-foot business shares its land with Francis Marion University’s new Fresh Water Ecology Research and Conference Center.

“When I look at what we’re doing here today, the significance of this, it shows the ability of the city and the county and the state to work together. I believe that working together, we have more power than we do apart,” Florence Mayor Teresa Myers, an alumna of Francis Marion University, said the day of the groundbreaking for the new Buc-ee’s in November 2020.

The arrival of Buc-ee’s in South Carolina was a big enough deal that even Gov. Henry McMaster attended the groundbreaking.

“It is a wonderful thing what is happening in South Carolina, and we can keep it up with the kind of leadership we have,” McMaster said at the groundbreaking, referencing economic development efforts around the state.

The new Buc-ee’s is located at 3390 North Williston Road in Florence.

This story was originally published April 12, 2022 11:49 AM.

Innovation Week showcases creative ideas from faculty and students

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it,” said Thomas Edison, discussing the impact of innovation.Last week’s Innovation Week at the Medical University of South Carolina built on that concept, investing over $500,000 in new projects across the enterprise and launching some of its brightest and most innovative ideas from faculty members and students.During a return to a live format, MUSC’s Office of Innovation funded 25 new projects and awarded a total of $521,000. Overall, 11 live sessions, two pit...

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it,” said Thomas Edison, discussing the impact of innovation.

Last week’s Innovation Week at the Medical University of South Carolina built on that concept, investing over $500,000 in new projects across the enterprise and launching some of its brightest and most innovative ideas from faculty members and students.

During a return to a live format, MUSC’s Office of Innovation funded 25 new projects and awarded a total of $521,000. Overall, 11 live sessions, two pitch sessions, three Shark Tanks and a Stress Less Bash, complete with live music, art therapy and even puppies, were held in person throughout the week. Between the downtown Charleston campus and MUSC’s regional hospitals, 26 videos were produced to be viewed on demand by attendees.

The week’s events started on Monday with the announcement of the recipients of the Blue Sky Award. Developed as a partnership between the Office of Innovation and Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR), two winning research projects were awarded at the Innovation Week kickoff event. The award recognizes innovative, promising projects that are rooted in collaboration between researchers across MUSC colleges and provides $100,000 per year for two years to aid in preparing the project for future funding opportunities.

Midweek, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost, the inaugural class of Education Innovation Advocates was announced. This group of eight will include at least one faculty member from each of the colleges and representatives from Academic Affairs and MUSC Libraries. The advocates are expected to receive $3,000 each for a project to help to foster a culture of innovation within their respective areas.

“The Education Innovation Advocate program is a unique and exciting opportunity for our faculty to grow education innovation in the six colleges and the Academic Affairs Faculty,” said Gigi Smith, Ph.D. “The advocates will have meetings with key MUSC groups across campus to promote collaboration and further support for faculty education innovation.”

To wrap up the week, MUSC’s version of “Shark Tank” returned to its live format after being hosted online for the last two years. This was also its first year at MUSC Health's regional hospitals. The Charleston session saw MUSC’s top leadership bite on three projects from employees and faculty, each of whom received $15,000 on Thursday. Meanwhile, the combined sessions of Florence/Marion and Lancaster/Chester each awarded $15,000 to their own top projects.

Chief innovation officer Jesse Goodwin, Ph.D., said it was good to see the innovators in person this year after two years of virtual presentations, due to the pandemic, and touted the importance of innovating. “I think it’s really important to build the culture where we’re not feeling stuck with problems but one in which we’re saying, ‘Well, let’s look at this as an opportunity to really problem solve,’” she said. In total, more than $80,000 will be distributed to the winners and selected other pitches.

With Innovation Week 2022 successfully in the rear view, innovators can go ahead and mark their calendars for next year, as Innovation Week 2023 is already set to return April 24 through 28.

Blue Sky ($200,000) – Monday

Funded by the VPR and the Office of Innovation, each of these projects received $100,000 in funding.

Donna Roberts, M.D., and Jill Harvey, Ph.D.: “A Feasibility Study of the Incorporation of a Portable MRI in a Telemedicine-Equipped Ambulance for Field Triage of Stroke Patients.”

Baerbel Rohrer, Ph.D., and Andrew Jakymiw, Ph.D.: “Delivery of mtDNA via Nanoparticles for Restoration of Tissue Homeostasis in Age-Related Macular Degeneration.”

Student Pitch ($2,500) – Monday

Sponsored by the Office of Innovation, Benjamin Ellison, James McGinnis and Reece Blackwood, faculty advisor Adam Tanious, M.D., won the Student Pitch Competition and their “Endovascular Organizer” was awarded $2,500.

COM Community Engagement Grant ($15,000) – Tuesday

Focused on a community-focused initiative, Jessica Tarleton, M.D., and team received $15,000 to fund their project titled “The Lowcountry Doula Initiative.”

AI ($100,000) – Wednesday

Sponsored by the AI Hub, a total of $100,000 was awarded to the following MUSC and Clemson faculty members for their joint projects:

George Magrath, M.D., (MUSC) and Feng Luo, Ph.D., (Clemson): “Computer-assisted Classification and Screening of Retinal Optical Coherence Tomography Images.”

Xinyi Li, Ph.D., (Clemson) and Stephen Ethier, Ph.D., (MUSC): “AI Analysis of Cancer Cell Line Drug Sensitivity to Predict Targeted Drug Sensitivity in Patients.”

Jeremy Gilbert, Ph.D., (Clemson/MUSC) and Rahul Rai, Ph.D., (Clemson): “AI for Scanning Electron Micrograph Segmentation.”

Fatemeh Afghah, Ph.D., (Clemson) and Mohamed Elshazly, M.D.,(MUSC): “AI Based Heart Monitoring Systems.”

Liangjiang Wang, Ph.D., (Clemson) and Stefano Berto, Ph.D., (MUSC): “Machine Learning Models for Molecular Neuroscience Research.”

Shark Tanks ($80,000) – Wednesday and Thursday

Florence:

The project “Socializer, Teacher, Evaluator, Mentor (STEM) Preceptorship”, was the winner at the Florence and Marion divisions' Shark Tank, and the team received $15,000 to advance its idea. Team members included: Ashley Hudson, R.N.; Lathrum Johnson R.N.; and Michelle Thompson, R.N.

Lancaster:

The project “Enhancing Throughput by Creating a Behavioral Crisis Team,” was the winner at the Lancaster and Chester divisions' Shark Tank, and the team received $15,000 to advance it’s idea. Team members included: Keia Hewitt M.D.; Camille Filoromo, Ph.D., R.N.; Scott Broome; Richard Warrin; Portia Brown; Patsy Hawkins; Kelly Cauthen; Cody Johnson, R.N.; and Angela Mackey.

The Lancaster and Chester divisions also selected the project “Creating Nursing Workflow Efficiency Through Kanban Methodology in the ED” to receive $5,000 in funding to advance their idea. Team members included: Camille Filoromo, Ph.D., R.N.,; Aruna Anand; and Janeen Rawlings R.N.

Charleston:

In Charleston, each of these three projects were chosen as $15,000 winners:

·Clinical care: “Automation of Claims Attachment.” Project team: Dan O'Donnell, Dianna Pelay, Diane Story, Franco Cardillo, Lynn Waters, Cathy Dickey, Megan Cecutti, Patricia Jenkins, Kimberly Curry, Dan Darling, Carlton Hawkes, Pam Helms, Sabrina Holloway, Shalonda Holmes, Angela Malphrus, Cheryl McWilliams, Leanne Shattuck and Tisa Whack.

Education: “Innovative Virtual Global Health Program for Nursing Student.” Project team: Suparna Qanungo, Ph.D.; Courtney Soll; Kate Ague-Kneeland; Kezhia Newman; Madison Bynum; Rachel Nichols; Saddie Sofia; Catherine O. Durham, DNP; Sharon L. Kozachik, Ph.D., R.N.; Kathleen Ellis; Jessica Southern, R.N.; and College of Nursing Dean Linda S. Weglicki, Ph.D., R.N.

Research: AppBuilder: a novel content management system to simplify app development, Project team: Jessica Chandler; Tonya Hazelton; Jonathon Tindell; Bernie Jansen; Les Lenert, M.D.; and Kenneth Ruggiero, Ph.D.

MUSC-Siemens Joint project grant ($50,000)

Maria Spampinato, M.D., was awarded the co-sponsored MUSC-Siemens Photon CT project grant to study how CT angiography plays a key role in the noninvasive evaluation of cerebrovascular disease in acute stroke and stroke prevention. She will receive $50,000 to pursue her work.

Entrepreneurial Sciences in Cancer Award ($50,000)

Jointly funded by Hollings Cancer Center and the Office of Innovation, Philip Howe, M.D., received $50,000 to fund his research in the role that the protein ARIH1 plays in breast tumor metastasis and investigation into novel ways to generate small molecule inhibitors.

In a highly competitive event, MUSC employees pitched innovative ideas in “Shark Tank” showdown. Three concepts got judges to bite.

What makes a mother’s love so special?

Mother’s Day is a day of collective celebration wherein we express our admiration to the mothers who transformed us into the people we are today. These mothers are in many forms, some are physically present, and others stand beside us as spirits. Whether that mother is a biological mother, an adoptive mother, or a motherly figure, we can all unite in honoring our mothers.Notwithstanding our ideological differences, our immutable characteristics, or the path we have followed, each and every human is bonded by the common experienc...

Mother’s Day is a day of collective celebration wherein we express our admiration to the mothers who transformed us into the people we are today. These mothers are in many forms, some are physically present, and others stand beside us as spirits. Whether that mother is a biological mother, an adoptive mother, or a motherly figure, we can all unite in honoring our mothers.

Notwithstanding our ideological differences, our immutable characteristics, or the path we have followed, each and every human is bonded by the common experience of being conceived by a mother.

Every mother’s responsibility is arduous. At the beginning of a child’s life, a mother must endeavor to raise a child who cannot care for themselves. The effort often expended during these times is great; they cause sleepless nights and constant, 24-hour monitoring. Amazingly, that endeavor is often a first for the mother, and despite this new, difficult call to action, she often rises to the occasion to ensure that her child’s health, safety, and morals are in constant check. As a child grows, the balance shifts, and the once-child who has blossomed into an adult must reciprocate to the parents who raised them and begin to care for them.

As we mature and assume the role of a parent—or see the hardships our friends face while raising children—we often develop a deeper appreciation for what our mothers do for us. After all, what motivates a mother to stay up all night soothing an infant who will have no recollection of what transpired? Why would a mother, despite their child’s wrath or apparent lack of gratitude, rise each morning to be a good parent to that child, providing for and sheltering them? The answer is quite simple: it’s natural.

When a mother looks at a child, a natural instinct to ensure the child’s safety and well-being emerges. This characteristic is so ingrained in so many mothers that it would be more difficult for them to be neglectful or inattentive than it would be to offer their child all the effort they are capable of providing. Mothers are mighty; they are superheroes. When their child is in need, they answer the call no matter the difficulty or stress that it causes them.

I, as many, was blessed with the God-given gift of being raised by a mother who provided me with constant love and admiration—something I always made sure to return. It was clear to me that my mother would sacrifice everything for me and my siblings and that, despite the difficulties that we often presented her with, no challenge was too great to keep her from providing us with the care we needed each and every day.

My twenties were a trying period in my life; I underwent two painful medical procedures that left me bedridden for many days. I was blessed to have a group of friends and colleagues who were willing to support me and assist me in caring for myself in the event of an emergency, but I never needed their assistance. Immediately before and after each procedure, my mother jumped at the opportunity to spend weeks caring for me—I thought I was a baby again. Every month, she would travel from her hometown of Marion, S.C. to Washington, D.C. and stay with me for one to two weeks at a time, showering me with love and compassion every minute of the day, and even when she departed, she stayed in frequent touch with me to monitor my well-being.

Despite the strenuous work required to care for me, she was always patient; she cooked for me, cleaned for me, and made me comfortable. But most importantly, she gave me the best medicine a person could ask for: an assurance that everything would be fine—the bright, warm smile that never fleeted. Her devotion was unwavering, and she provided me with the finest support and care a son could ask for.

Nevertheless, my situation is not uncommon; the sheer amount of love provided by my mother may be distinct in character, but it certainly is not in sum. There is no greater bond than between a mother and a son; this shared experience is one that persists in each mother-son relationship.

Each Mother’s Day comes the sobering knowledge that I will never be able to call or see the woman who shaped me into the man I am today. She is the driving force behind my success, the calming voice that brought me solitude, and the energy that fueled my work. Though my mother is no longer physically here with me, those same forces continue to guide and motivate me to be my absolute best and strive my hardest each and every day to achieve more and more success.

Each mother deserves to be admired. They provide us with worth that no other individual in our lives can. They are deserving of recognition not only on Mother’s Day, but every day.

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Why the new 2023 USC football RB recruit is criminally underrated

A'Marion Peterson, USC Football, USC Trojans / TORIN HALSEY/TIMES RECORD NEWS / USAUSC football picked up a running back recruit from Wichita Falls, Texas in three-star back A'Marion Peterson. While he was the first three-star recruit that was picked up in the 2023 class by USC, it's worth understanding that the three-star tag given by 247Spor...

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USC football picked up a running back recruit from Wichita Falls, Texas in three-star back A'Marion Peterson. While he was the first three-star recruit that was picked up in the 2023 class by USC, it's worth understanding that the three-star tag given by 247Sports may be misleading.

Both Rivals and On3 have Peterson as a four-star recruit, and Rivals actually has him trending up and as the 13th-best back in the nation for his class, compared to 247Sports having him ranked 26th.

Perhaps this indicates that Peterson will be elevated to four-star status by 247Sports soon. It certainly does appear that 247Sports are the outliers in their analysis of Peterson.

Also, it's worth considering how many other programs were vying for the services of Peterson. 16 other programs offered Peterson, including but not limited to Alabama, Penn State, and Texas. USC was FAR from the only big program trying to sign Peterson.

USC football is getting a freak athlete in RB A'Marion Peterson.

According to 247Sports, new USC football commit A'Marion Peterson also runs track at Hirschi High School. He ran a 23.14 200-meter last year as a sophomore. That athleticism propelled him to be the No. 55 player in Texas coming out of this class according to Rivals.

Sure, he's listed as No. 63 by 247Sports, but it's worth remembering that 247Sports seems to rate him a bit lower than the other services. While 247Sports is a trusted source, two others seem to agree that Peterson is a bit better than what 247Sports is giving him credit for.

Regardless, even with 247Sports lower ranking of Peterson, SC currently has the 10th-best recruiting class in the nation in their ranking. He provides depth to a class that already has a four-star running back commit in Quinten Joyner. SC had oddly struggled to get two to three backs in one class at times during the Clay Helton era, so this commitment is a great sign for SC and where they are going as far as their trajectory as a program.

Solstice Sleep Products, Inc. establishing operations in Marion County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – ...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Solstice Sleep Products, Inc., a wholesale mattress company, today announced plans to establish operations in Marion County. The investment will create 80 new jobs.

Located in Marion, Solstice Sleep Products, Inc.’s new facility will increase the company’s capacity to meet growing demand throughout the Southeast. The new operations will be the company’s sixth manufacturing facility opened in the last 10 years. The facility will produce mattresses and foundation sleep products under the Jamison brand, which has been known for handcrafted bedding since 1883.

The new facility is expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2021. Individuals interested in joining the Solstice Sleep Products, Inc. team should email or visit www.jamisonbedding.com.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. Marion County was also awarded a $900,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to assist with costs related to this project.

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“We are proud to work with the state of South Carolina and Marion County to expand our base of operations throughout the Southeast! Marion, South Carolina will help us secure our long-term growth plans with our dealer base and meet their growing business demands. I would like to thank Dr. Julie Norman, executive director of the Marion County Economic Development Commission, for all her help to get this project completed with Solstice Sleep Products, Inc.” -Solstice Sleep Product President Dennis Straily

“Congratulations to Solstice Sleep Products, Inc. for choosing to build new operations in Marion County. The 80 new jobs this company will bring to South Carolina will make a real difference in the area, and we look forward to watching this company grow and succeed there for a very long time.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“Manufacturing and distribution continue to be a source of job creation throughout our state. We congratulate Solstice Sleep Products, Inc. on this announcement in Marion County and welcome the company to South Carolina's business community.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

"We are all excited about Solstice Sleep Products, Inc. putting their faith and trust in Marion County." -Marion County Council Chairman John Q. Atkinson

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