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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 McCormick, 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 McCormick, 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 McCormick 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 McCormick, 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 McCormick'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 McCormick.

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

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 McCormick, 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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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 McCormick, 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 McCormick, 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 McCormick, 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 McCormick, 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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Men’s Hoops Central: Presbyterian at The Citadel

Game Information Presbyterian Blue Hose (1-0) at The Citadel Bulldogs (0-1) Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2021, at 7 p.m. Site: Charleston, S.C. (McAlister Field House) Radio: WSPG (98.3, 1400 AM Fox Sports Spartanburg) Ryan Clary (PxP) Television: ESPN+...

Game Information Presbyterian Blue Hose (1-0) at The Citadel Bulldogs (0-1) Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2021, at 7 p.m. Site: Charleston, S.C. (McAlister Field House) Radio: WSPG (98.3, 1400 AM Fox Sports Spartanburg) Ryan Clary (PxP) Television: ESPN+ Live Stats: Sidearmstats.com Twitter: @BlueHoseHoops

Presbyterian College Record: 1-0 Last Game: November 7, 2022, vs. Carolina University, W, 76-42, Clinton, S.C. Head Coach: Quinton Ferrell Career Record: 30-57 (4th year) PC Record: Same vs. Citadel: 1-1

The Citadel Record: 0-1 Last Game: November 7, 2022, at Clemson, L, 69-80, Clemson, S.C. Head Coach: Ed Conroy Career Record: 182-220 (11th Season) The Citadel Record: 49-77 (5th Season) vs. PC: 0-0

Last Time Out Presbyterian for only the third time in the program's Division I era, the Blue Hose won their season-opening game with a 76-42 win over Carolina University at the Templeton Center this past Monday. Four Blue Hose players scored in double-figures led by Trevon Reddish-Rhone's 14 points. Crosby James in his first game as a Blue Hose scored 13 points. Owen McCormack scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Freshman Jalen Forrest scored 12 points off the bench and fellow freshman Jaylen Peterson grabbed nine rebounds in the game.

NOTES Points in the Paint The Blue Hose scored 48 points in the paint in the win over Carolina University. PC finished the game with a 48-18 advantage in points in the paint over Carolina University.

Coach Ferrell Quinton Ferrell is in his fourth season as the head coach of his alma mater, Presbyterian College. Ferrell, a former Blue Hose team captain and a 2007 PC graduate, is one of 52 coaches in the NCAA Division I ranks that are coaching their alma maters.

Preseason All-Big South Senior forward Winston Hill was voted Preseason Second Team All-Big South. Last season, Hill finished fourth in the Big South Conference in rebounding averaging 6.5 boards per game. He tallied three double-figure rebounds games while grabbing at least six boards in 21 games. In the 2021-22 season, he averaged 12.2 points per game while recording 17 double-figure scoring games.

Opening the Season at Home For the third time in Presbyterian's Division I era, the Blue Hose began the season with a home game. The last time that happened before Monday's game, Presbyterian collected a 73-71 home win over Furman on November 11, 2016. The Blue Hose defeated Montreat at home, 103-83, in their 2011-12 season-opening game. With the win over Carolina University, Presbyterian is 14-1 in their home opening games while a member of Division I.

Presbyterian-The Citadel Series Thursday's game will be the 75th meeting between Presbyterian and The Citadel. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series, 49-25. In their last meeting, Presbyterian defeated The Citadel at home, 74-70, in overtime, on November 15, 2021. Reddish-Rhone scored 14 points, McCormack scored 13 points off the bench, and Hill tallied a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the Blue Hose win.

Scouting The Citadel The Bulldogs began the season with an 80-69 win on the road at Clemson this past Monday. Austin Ash led four Bulldogs in double-figures with 19 points.

Stephens, Putnam and Lincoln Keep Perfect Region Records Intact

We’re getting to the business end of the regular season. There’s a couple of region games left and, in Early County’s case, a non-region schedule to complete to get to the post-season when you’ve already clinched the region title.So, this week, we duck into some regions that are tough and are creating fun sprints for the rest of us to watch over the next three weeks -- and then math will probably be involved.First stop is Toccoa and checking in with Stephens County Head Coach Wesley Tankersley…...

We’re getting to the business end of the regular season. There’s a couple of region games left and, in Early County’s case, a non-region schedule to complete to get to the post-season when you’ve already clinched the region title.

So, this week, we duck into some regions that are tough and are creating fun sprints for the rest of us to watch over the next three weeks -- and then math will probably be involved.

First stop is Toccoa and checking in with Stephens County Head Coach Wesley Tankersley…

They’re coming off a bye week at 6-1 in Region 8-3A and have Hart County this weekend. The Indians are the only team without a loss in region play as Hebron Christian, Hart County, Oconee County and Monroe Area each have one loss.

“The biggest thing we’ve learned is that we had a chance to win every game we had been in,” Tankersley says. “Our experience and talent returned from last year and, thus far, we’ve done that this year. The guys have played well, played hard, and we have a big senior group this year.”

The non-region schedule yielded wins over Habersham Central, Flowery Branch, Dawson County and White County, with the one loss a tough game against Rabun County (a 14-7 final). And Tankersley feels the win-loss record is about right.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” he adds. “But frankly, we could have been 6-1, 7-0, or 3-3 with the way we have our non-region schedule this year. They’re all good teams that give you good competition. I know, as a coach, what we had going into those games. All we wanted in them was a chance to win.

“The kids work every day to get better and they did that from Game 1 through Game 5. We also found some younger players who have stayed in the roles we gave them early on and they’re helping us out, too.”

The Rabun game, he tells me, was neck-and-neck with a 7-6 score into the third quarter. In Coach Tankersley’s mind, it gave the staff a chance to see what they needed to do going forward.

“In our region, top to bottom, every team is really good,” he says. “You have five teams that can compete with one another and win against each other. Three of the teams in the region are all ranked in the top 10 right now and it’s like being in the playoffs every game every week. You really can win it or lose your position for the playoffs each time out right now.

“Really, you could be 6-1 and on top of the region right now. But if you lose your last three games, you could be in trouble.”

And Stephens’ last three are Hart, at Oconee, and hosting Hebron Christian. Tankerlsey tells me that each of those remaining defenses are tough, physical and well-coached. Hart, as an example, has what he calls a “ginormous” defensive line that he’ll have to contend with at home.

So, we’ll definitely see how that region shakes out between now and November.

Stop No. 2 is Eatonton and Putnam County High...

Shaun Pope and the War Eagles have improved every single year he has been in charge. Last year, they had double-digit wins for the first time since 1996 and made it to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1994.

Region 4-AA has three highly competitive teams in region play right now -- Putnam at 4-0 with Thomson and Laney is at 3-1. All three teams are at 6-1 overall as they get ready for the homestretch. Pope came to Putnam from Ware County where he was an assistant under Ed Dudley before he moved on to Carrollton.

“With the success we had in 2021, this season was more unfinished business for us,” Pope admits. “We realized after the Fitzgerald game, seeing what they ended up doing last year, we were right there as a program. We were getting a good core of players back who had played meaningful reps in 2021 -- not necessarily starters. By January, we were really hungry and by summer guys were starting to step up and get ready for this year. They knew how close they were and it has really fueled this season.”

Baldwin, Oconee County and Jasper County was the non-region schedule for Putnam County. Coach Pope, when I asked him, thought going into the year they could have started 0-2, but they won one and lost one.

“We knew we had to get to their levels of play,” Pope says. “You want to compete with teams like that. But you just don’t know how the ball will bounce. You know how Baldwin and Coach Hicks will be. You know how Oconee County will be.”

The defense has been one of the stalwarts for the program this season. All you have to do is look at the run of three straight shutouts to launch into region play -- plus the six given up last time out against Glenn Hills two weeks ago.

So, your region math is: 160-6 when it comes to point differential this season-to-date.

Eatonton is, basically, halfway between Atlanta and Augusta and an hour northeast of Macon, so media coverage is a little hard to come by on a consistent basis. Coach Pope has been in places like Ware County and Dublin, so he knows the balance of success and coverage where you fall between the media cracks.

“In Dublin and Waycross, you have as good a kid there as you do anywhere in the state. And it’s the same here at Putnam. It is a negative because of what folks miss when you have good players and good students in the classroom as well. It hurts us on the recruiting trail as well because of where we are.”

The rest of the region schedule -- Thomson, Laney and Washington County- -- will be the test for all four of those teams we’re talking about in this region. This round robin will let you know the order of the postseason. It’s that close ... and it’s been great for Coach Pope to see the evolution of support over the last few seasons.

“Football means a great deal here,” Pope admits. “You go back to Coach (Al) Reaves and what he did in his time here -- the stadium is named after him -- and we get to re-establish that now. We’re getting to the point where folks talk about rolling up the sidewalks on Fridays. Seven years ago, we may have had 250 people in the stands. It’s packed now. The school system and administration here have been revamping the fieldhouse and practice facility and it’s been great to see.”

One other thing I noticed was a member of the coaching staff at Putnam: Charles Winslette is in charge of H-backs and tight ends in his 47th year of coaching. Coach Pope told me something I didn’t know -- that Winslette was on the 1967 title-winning team in Class C. That was the last time Putnam has won a title, by the way.

That’s the history the War Eagles are chasing this year...

Last stop is Lincoln County and head coach, Lee Chomskis, who has the Red Devils in the region lead in Class I Division II Region 8. They’re in a four-way overall tie at 5-2 and tied in region at 2-0 with Greene County. Aquinas and Washington-Wilkes are a game back at 1-1 for the final few weeks of the season.

“We thought we had a great summer and a great time in the weight room with a good group of seniors with us,” Chomskis tells me. “We’ve got good leadership here this year.”

Their lone scrimmage was against a quickly-rebuilding and resetting Cross Creek side and Chomskis admits that Lincoln County started more slowly than he would have liked. Out of that, five freshmen got quality playing time out of the blocks and have matured very quickly in their time to learn and adapt to what is going on.

“They have taken some time to get there, but those freshmen are major contributors for us.”

The non-region schedule was against an improved Bryan County team, McCormick (S.C.), ECI, Commerce, and Richmond Academy.

“ARC, ECI and Commerce are all physical and well-coached teams,” Chomskis says. “They all helped us realize just how far we needed to go to be successful this year. We went into the ARC game at 2-2 and they’re very talented. It was that game where I think we started playing like I thought we would. The Commerce game woke us up as a team, I think.”

Lincoln County started their region play against Washington-Wilkes and Aquinas -- a big rival along U.S. Hwy. 378 and a stout program in Augusta its own self.

“Having the Washington-Wilkes game first gives you the chance to get a leg up in region immediately,” he adds. “The last two seasons, we’ve been playing catch up in region play after losses to them both. We went to Washington, played well, and came from behind to win -- even if the final score may not be indicative of the closeness of the game. We haven’t beaten Aquinas and Washington-Wilkes since 2011 and we came from behind on three occasions in the win over them.”

Lincoln County has Greene next and Chomskis knows their defense is very athletic and can “cause havoc.” He and the team feel prepared but knows it won’t be a small task to win as the Red Devils chase their first region title since 2012.

Those three are just a small part of teams chasing different storylines to make it to Season Three -- only three weeks away...

And we’ll be watching...

Play it safe, everyone... We’ll see you soon...

At the Movies: ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ Says a Lot About Supposedly Nothing

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Two decades ago, Hollywood tried to make Irish actor Colin Farrell into the next big movie star, a la Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt. But now, it turns out, he is much more interesting as a character actor than traditional leading man.

Farrell’s latest feature and third collaboration with writer-director Martin McDonagh is The Banshees of Inisherin, co-starring Brendan Gleeson, who also worked with Farrell and McDonagh on the cult classic In Bruges (2008).

The trailer for Banshees would make you think the period piece is just as hilarious as the trio’s previous hit, but in actuality, it’s pretty grounded in comparison.

Set on an Irish island called Inisherin during the Irish Civil War, Pádraic Súilleabháin (Farrell) lives a simple life with his sister, Siobhán (Kerry Condon), where they tend to their farm animals. Both are content to live their lives ordinarily, until one day, Pádraic’s world comes to a halt.

His closest friend, Colm Doherty (Gleeson), suddenly wants nothing to do with him for some inexplicit reason. While determined to figure out what he’s done to offend Colm, Pádraic is also dodging local nuisances: youthful Dominic Kearney (Barry Keoghan) and elderly Mrs. McCormick (Sheila Flitton).

The first 40 minutes or so of The Banshees of Inisherin are incredibly Irish and seemingly much ado about nothing at all. This lines up perfectly with McDonagh’s usual sense of humor of mixing irrelevant behavior with serious subjects. But the last half-hour takes a rather dark turn regarding Gleeson’s and Keoghan’s characters, which is also on brand for the filmmaker.

Farrell proves yet again that he stands out the most in modest, small-budget dramedies, compared to action-packed blockbusters. Gleeson and Keoghan are great, as usual, in Banshees, and it’s nice to see Farrell back home in Ireland.

But I was most drawn in the cast to Condon, whom I wasn’t familiar with before viewing the film, and am interested in seeing more of her acting.

Though there is a lot to admire about Banshees of Inisherin, my one problem throughout the movie is I just don’t get why Pádraic is friends with Colm in the first place. We get the sense Pádraic is an average man with no specific interests or complaints, so his standards aren’t particularly high. But why would he want to be best friends with such an unpleasant snob is a bit perplexing.

If you’re a fan of Farrell or anyone else in the cast or want to experience some genuine Irish culture and aesthetics on the big screen, The Banshees of Inisherin might still be worth a viewing.

McCormick County Sheriff talks about search for Alexis Ware, missing from Anderson, South Carolina

ANDERSON, S.C. —Alexis Ware has been missing from Anderson since Jan. 30 when she was last seen dropping off her children to their father.Her car was found Feb. 2 in McCormick County, South Carolina but she has not been seen or heard from since then.On Tuesday, WYFF News 4 spoke with the McCormick County Sheriff Clarke Stearns about the efforts to find her....

ANDERSON, S.C. —

Alexis Ware has been missing from Anderson since Jan. 30 when she was last seen dropping off her children to their father.

Her car was found Feb. 2 in McCormick County, South Carolina but she has not been seen or heard from since then.

On Tuesday, WYFF News 4 spoke with the McCormick County Sheriff Clarke Stearns about the efforts to find her.

Stearns said her car was found in a rural area that is surrounded by forest and farmland. He said after the car was found authorities did a grid search of 150 on each side of where the car was found. They also used K9s during the search but there were no signs of Ware.

He said on Feb. 3 Anderson County authorities processed the car and it was towed back to Anderson.

Since then Stearns said his office has gotten several tips and they have followed up on each one, including information from a psychic.

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On Feb. 8 Stearns said authorities did another search on the property where her car was found. The search area included about four miles of forest and farmland.

He said 35 law enforcement officers and K9s were used. Agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division were on the ground and also provided air support for the search, Stearns said.

Stearns said no evidence was found that Ware was in the area.

McCormick County deputies, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and US Forestry agents have also searched wooded areas of the county as well as Lake Strom Thurmond.

Stearns said there have been several fishing tournaments on the lake since her disappearance and Stearns said he has informed all tournament directors of Ware and handed out her picture in case one of the fishermen sees a clue.

"If we get a sniff of a new location, we search it," Stearns said.

He said they have and are monitoring social media posts which led them to search Hickory Knob State Park and multiple boat ramps in that area.

Ware's mother, Alberta, has told WYFF News 4 that she has gotten numerous messages from a person alleging to know where Alexis Ware is.

"I asked to speak to her, 'Can you send a picture of her?'" Gray said. "They never put her on the phone even though they said they would."

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to contact the Anderson County Sheriff's Office at 864-260-4405.

S.C. governor’s ag school to celebrate its 225th year

MCCORMICK COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - The 1797 celebration of the 225-year history of the South Carolina Governor’s School for Agriculture at John De La Howe’s 1,310-acre campus is becoming even more festive with a parade and the community is invited to join in the fun.On Nov. 5, anyone interested can celebrate during a day-long festival designed for history enthusiasts. This year will include a parade around the beautiful Governor’s Green, the 12-acre natural plaza at the center of the campus. Along with a wide varie...

MCCORMICK COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - The 1797 celebration of the 225-year history of the South Carolina Governor’s School for Agriculture at John De La Howe’s 1,310-acre campus is becoming even more festive with a parade and the community is invited to join in the fun.

On Nov. 5, anyone interested can celebrate during a day-long festival designed for history enthusiasts. This year will include a parade around the beautiful Governor’s Green, the 12-acre natural plaza at the center of the campus. Along with a wide variety of family-friendly activities for history buffs, history demonstrations, a petting zoo, agriculture-themed field games, and campus tours.

Entries are being accepted for the parade for businesses, schools, churches, non-profit organizations, and anyone interested to enter with a float, marching units, or vehicles. Prizes and the title ‘Best in Show will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries.

The parade will run from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m., it will coincide with the reunion of John De La Howe alumni from across the country.

For an official parade application, visit the school website at www.delahowe.sc.gov and look for the link under NEWS.

John de la Howe alumni holds 56th reunion during celebration

The John de la Howe School Alumni Association will hold the 56th Biennial Homecoming/Reunion on Nov. 5, on the grounds of the South Carolina Governor’s School of Agriculture.

The Governor’s School for Agriculture’s 1797 Celebration will be held on the same day to celebrate the 225th Anniversary of the school. We invite all alumni and the public to attend.

The Alumni Reunion will hold registration beginning at 9 a.m. in the L.S. Brice School Building, where alumni will gather to spend time reminiscing with one another while viewing the many wonderful photo albums of the part.

The Alumni Homecoming/Reunion is held every two years but was not held in 2020 due to COVID.

For more information, go to http://www.delahowe.sc.gov.

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