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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 Newberry, 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 Newberry, 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 Newberry 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 Newberry, 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 Newberry'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 Newberry.

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

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 Newberry, 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 Newberry, 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 Newberry, 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 Newberry, 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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Abney Hall Pro Tip

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 Newberry, 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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SC school report cards highlight educational successes, shortcomings

PROSPERITY, S.C. (WIS) - State education officials released 2022 school report cards Monday, highlighting the state’s educational successes and shortcomings.This is the first time that report cards have been released with ratings since 2019.The South Carolina Department of Education and the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee (EOC) made the announcement at Prosperity-Rikard Elementary School in Newberry County, one of a minority of elementary schools to receive the highest rating on its report card.All ele...

PROSPERITY, S.C. (WIS) - State education officials released 2022 school report cards Monday, highlighting the state’s educational successes and shortcomings.

This is the first time that report cards have been released with ratings since 2019.

The South Carolina Department of Education and the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee (EOC) made the announcement at Prosperity-Rikard Elementary School in Newberry County, one of a minority of elementary schools to receive the highest rating on its report card.

All elementary, middle, and high schools receive rankings on a 100-point scale, which takes into account things like test scores, student progress, and graduation rate for high schools.

“I commend the efforts of South Carolina’s teachers and educators and students,” South Carolina Education Oversight Committee Executive Director Matthew Ferguson said. “These results beat all expectations of what we thought were possible while living through COVID disruptions.”

Prior to the pandemic, 20.4 percent of all schools received an overall excellent rating on their report cards, which is the highest grouping.

The overall average stayed about the same in 2022 at 20.6 percent.

The number of high schools showing excellent ratings dropped by almost 10 points in the same time span, from 26 percent to 16.7 percent.

In 2022, the state’s graduation rate was 83.8 percent, a record high.

However, fewer than one in three students who graduated this year were considered both college and career ready.

“We’re graduating more students than we ever have as a state, which is a worthy goal, we must continually ourselves with what skills are they graduating with?” Ferguson said. “Because 65 percent of all jobs require post-secondary education, training, or certification.

Another area of focus for South Carolina’s educators moving forward will be improving math scores.

This year, fewer than 40 percent of students met or exceeded expectations on the SC Ready test.

Staff at Prosperity-Rikard are working to address this with a full-time math interventionist on staff, among other things.

“We have so many great programs and many of us stay after school with our children and trying to pull them forward,” Eiko Hendrix, a fourth-grade teacher at Prosperity-Rikard said. “When you’re able to meet with them one on one, you can get more out of them and focus on just that one skill.”

According to the EOC, more than half of Prosperity-Rikard’s students are on their way to achieving grade-level proficiency and preparedness for college and careers.

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said this school, located in a rural part of the state, is proof that if dedicated teachers and staff meet students where they are, the students will reach their full potential.

The South Carolina Department of Education devotes resources to schools that are struggling to attain good rankings, Spearman said.

This includes professional development for teachers and full-time coaches for students in subject areas of concern.

“We’re giving this very intense professional development to those teachers, and we’re already beginning to see signs of improvement in those schools,” Spearman said. “That will continue. I’m sure the next State Superintendent will follow that, and I hope will bring even more ideas to the table.”

Report cards also measured school climate for the first time. This metric uses results from teacher and parent surveys to give a better idea of safety, working conditions, and the social-physical environment within each school.

Spearman said despite the challenges, she is proud of how teachers, families, and students responded to the uncertainties of the pandemic.

“Certainly we’ve got a lot of work to do, and I think throughout the pandemic I said to parents and to the public, ‘Look, we’re just trying to survive and do the best we can,’” Spearman said “And I think these results today show that. We’ve done a lot, we did the best we could and now we’ve got focus areas that we know we have to work on.”

Full report card results for each district and school can be viewed here.

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Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County Events for the Week of Nov. 10

Thursday — Nov. 10Lysa TerKeurst (author)Christian non-fiction author Lysa TerKeurst stops by Mt Horeb UMC (1205 Old Cherokee Rd.) as she tours behind her new book, “Good Boundaries and Goodbyes.” The event starts at 7 p.m. and costs between $40 and $55. Find more info at facebook.com/mthorebumcFriday — Nov. 11Outdoor Movie NightMt. Hebron UMC (3156 Leaphart Rd. in West Columbia) hosts an Outdoor Movie Night. The family-friendly, Veterans Day-themed film is &l...

Thursday — Nov. 10

Lysa TerKeurst (author)Christian non-fiction author Lysa TerKeurst stops by Mt Horeb UMC (1205 Old Cherokee Rd.) as she tours behind her new book, “Good Boundaries and Goodbyes.” The event starts at 7 p.m. and costs between $40 and $55. Find more info at facebook.com/mthorebumc

Friday — Nov. 11

Outdoor Movie NightMt. Hebron UMC (3156 Leaphart Rd. in West Columbia) hosts an Outdoor Movie Night. The family-friendly, Veterans Day-themed film is “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” an animated movie based on the true story of a stray dog who was the unofficial mascot of the 102nd Infantry Regiment. There will be free popcorn and hot dogs provided. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit facebook.com/pineviewruritan for more information.

Saturday — Nov. 12

2022 Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts MarketStop by the State Farmers Market (3483 Charleston Hwy. in West Columbia) Nov. 12-13 and enjoy the 2022 Christmas Arts & Crafts Market. There will be more than 100 vendors on site, selling everything from photography to potted plants and beyond. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, and is free to attend with free parking. Visit agriculture.sc.gov for more information.

Yoga for EveryoneDo yoga in Irmo Community Park (7473 Church St.). Bring a mat and wear comfortable layerable clothing. Meet at the back of the park in the field (if it’s too soggy, the event will move to the park’s amphitheater). Suggested donation is $10-$20 (with proceeds going to Unbound Earth School’s fundraising for gear and training. Find more info at facebook.com/unbound.earth.school.

Woman’s Club Holiday MarketThe Woman’s Club of Cayce (701 Oakland Ave.) hosts a market with local vendors, handmade arts and crafts, fresh baked goods and more. The event goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find more info at facebook.com/thewomansclubofcayce.

Saturday Night DancingJoin Bill’s Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor (710 Meeting St. in West Columbia) for a special Veterans Day edition of their Saturday Night Dancing event. Enjoy live country dance music courtesy of The McKoys band and help yourself to a grilled chicken and corn on the cob dinner. This event begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 10p.m., and admission is a $10 donation. Visit billsmusicshop.com for more information.

Chaye Alexander Presents A Soulful 70s SoireeChayz Lounge (607 Meeting St. in West Columbia) hosts A Soulful 70’s Soiree, a birthday celebration for venue owner Chaye Alexander. The Souljazz Collective will be on hand playing hits and classics by Kool & The Gang, Parliament-Funkadelic, KC & The Sunshine, Rufus, The Emotions, Rose Royce and more. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are $35. Dressy attire is required. Visit chayzlounge.com for more information.

Sunday — Nov. 13

“The World You Left Behind” (play)The Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College (7300 College St. in Irmo) hosts a performance of “The World You Left Behind” at 3 p.m.: “Trusting people hasn’t come easy for S.C. Top Radio Personality, Brian Green, especially since the one person he loved the most, betrayed him. After six years of praying, he thinks that his prayers have finally been answered. However, not everyone is sharing in his excitement, especially his 16-year-old daughter, Diamond. After some careful digging, Diamond has found out the true reason for this reunion. Now she has to decide if revealing the truth is worth the expense of breaking her father’s heart.” Tickets are $40 for reserved seating and $50 for VIP seating. Visit harbisontheatre.org for more information.

Tuesday — Nov. 15

Lake Murray Country’s Holiday Open House & Gift Shop SaleThe Lake Murray Country Visitor’s Center (2184 North Lake Dr. in Columbia) hosts its Holiday Open House & Gift Shop Sale. Shop for everything from home décor to apparel, including “Tis The Season To Be Murray” T-shirts, greeting cards and kitchen towels. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit lakemurraycountry.com for more information.

Highland Cold Mountain ReleaseWECO Bottle & Biergarten (626 Meeting St. in West Columbia) hosts a release event for Cold Mountain, the eagerly anticipated annual winter ale brewed by Asheville’s Highland Brewing. Cold Mountain (and perhaps a variant version or two) will be on tap alongside other Highland beers, with the beers starting to pour at 4:30 p.m. The Los Chicanos taco truck will begin serving at 5 p.m. Find more info at facebook.com/wecobiergarten.

Thursday — Nov. 17

Wet Nose Dogs (concert)Florence band Wet Nose Dogs play a mix of covers and originals at Steel Hands Brewing (2350 Foreman St. in Cayce). Showtime is 4 p.m., and the event is free to attend. Visit facebook.com/steelhandsbrewing for more information.

Wolfman String Band (concert)The bluegrass-jam outfit Wolfman String Band play at Hazelwood Brewing Company (711 E. Main St.). Showtime is 7 p.m., and the show is free to attend. Visit facebook.com/hazelwoodbeer for more information.

Across the County Line

Dailey & Vincent (concert)The Newberry Opera House (1201 McKibben St.) presents Dailey & Vincent on Nov. 13. Take in an afternoon of country, bluegrass and gospel music courtesy of this eight-time-Grammy-winning duo. Showtime is 3 p.m., and tickets cost between $35 and $55. Visit newberryoperahouse.com for more information.

Unpack the PorchEnjoy an afternoon of wine and live music at Enoree River Winery (1650 Dusty Rd. in Newberry) as it hosts its Unpack the Porch event Nov. 13. Live music comes courtesy of the Killer Beez, and a food truck from Suzie’s Snack Stand will be on site. This event runs from 2 to 6 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit enoreeriverwinery.com for more information.

Duane Betts (concert)The Senate (1022 Senate St.) presents Duane Betts on Nov. 13. Betts is a fiery Southern rock guitarist in the mold of his father, The Allman Brothers Band’s Dickey Betts. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are $23. Visit thesenatecolumbia.com for more information.

Newberry Holiday Open HouseThe Newberry Downtown Development Association presents a holiday Open House in downtown Newberry on Nov. 16. The shops will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for your early Christmas shopping needs. There will also be dining, refreshments, sales, door prizes and more. Visit newberrydowntown.com for more information.

Zion (concert)On Nov. 17, the Columbia Museum of Art (1515 Main St.) and Baker & Baker present musician Saul Seibert’s ambitious “Zion” project, a four-act musical piece performed by Seibert and a cast of local musicians, including Marshall Brown on keyboard, Zach Seibert on guitar and soundscapes, Sean Thomson on sitar and mandolin, Kevin Brewer on percussion, and Darren Woodlief on bass. In addition to the music, visual artists Ash Lennox and Virginia Russo will present a multimedia accompaniment to the performance. Showtime is 7 p.m., and admission is $15 (free for museum members and students). Visit columbiamuseum.org for more information.

Veterans Day Parade is Saturday

NEWBERRY — In 1954, Congress approved of a bill that proclaimed November 11 as Veterans Day. The national holiday is to honor the men and women who currently serve and have served in the military, no matter the circumstances.“Veteran’s Day is designed to honor all veterans. It doesn’t matter when they were in the service or if they were in combat. Veterans Day is set aside for veterans to be recognized for their service,” said Vietnam veteran, David Parnell.One of the ways veterans are recognized n...

NEWBERRY — In 1954, Congress approved of a bill that proclaimed November 11 as Veterans Day. The national holiday is to honor the men and women who currently serve and have served in the military, no matter the circumstances.

“Veteran’s Day is designed to honor all veterans. It doesn’t matter when they were in the service or if they were in combat. Veterans Day is set aside for veterans to be recognized for their service,” said Vietnam veteran, David Parnell.

One of the ways veterans are recognized nationwide on the holiday is through parades, which Newberry will have. The parade will be this Saturday with the lineup starting at 9 a.m. and the parade itself beginning at 10 a.m. The parade will begin on Calhoun Street, go through downtown Main Street and end on Glenn Street around 11 a.m.

South Carolina Deputy Adjutant General Major Jeff Jones will be the grand marshal of the parade and will be followed by multiple other military vehicles, old tractors and cars, including South Carolina’s only functioning halftrack, provided through the American Heritage Foundation.

After the parade, there will be a Samsung Sponsored luncheon in the parking lot of Piedmont Technical College. During last year’s luncheon, Samsung provided over 550 free meals to veterans. During the lunch, Henry Brooks and his band will be preforming and a raffle will be held. Tickets for the raffle will be five dollars and all proceeds will be going to American Legion Post 24.

Newberry Veteran’s Affairs Office would also like to thank David Parnell for his 13 years of service as the office’s director. Parnell served a total of 35 years in the military, spending six in the army during Vietnam before serving the National Guard for 29 years.

“We appreciate Dave Parnell’s service of 13 years to the Veteran’s Affairs Office in Newberry. He’s going to be missed,” said Raleigh Hickman, director of Newberry County Veteran’s Affairs.

Orion Griffin is an intern with The Newberry Observer, he is a student at Presbyterian College.

Voters in Newberry County can add their two cents on a new penny tax

The new tax will replace the current one that expires in 2024. If approved, it will allow for 12 new projects in Newberry County.NEWBERRY, S.C. — Residents in Newberry County got their first chance to vote on a penny sales tax on Monday as early voting began in the county and across South Carolina.If approved, residents will see a total of 12 projects being completed."This is a continuation of an existing penny sales tax, and it's probably good to know that it does not apply to food purchases," said Chris...

The new tax will replace the current one that expires in 2024. If approved, it will allow for 12 new projects in Newberry County.

NEWBERRY, S.C. — Residents in Newberry County got their first chance to vote on a penny sales tax on Monday as early voting began in the county and across South Carolina.

If approved, residents will see a total of 12 projects being completed.

"This is a continuation of an existing penny sales tax, and it's probably good to know that it does not apply to food purchases," said Christopher Inglese, the Newberry County administrator.

The sales tax will fund 12 different projects, one of which is a Newberry County Public Safety Complex.

"It will house the Friendly Fire department, but it will also benefit all of the fire departments," Inglese said. "We continue to enhance the training facility that's there, one of the missing things is a classroom for the facility and so the new public safety complex will include classrooms for training dorms."

It's also opening the door for the first paid firefighters in the county, as it is currently a volunteer-only operation.

It's an idea residents like Wynn Phillips agree should take place.

"A lot of fire engine activity in this town, so it can only save a home or a family," Phillips said.

Another hot topic item is the Newberry Amphitheater which would bring more live performances to the area.

"Opera holds 425, so we can't get any little bit larger acts to come here so that's kinda limiting, I think we believe we can get about 1,000 people here on this natural meadow," said Newberry Mayor Foster Senn.

"I would really love the amphitheater, and like, an extra cent on each dollar is kinda worth that to me," said Claire Wooten. "I understand where some people may not see it as an opportunity, but I for one would really love to see those things happen here."

If residents vote to continue the penny sales tax, it will go into effect in 2024 which is when most construction is expected to take place.

More business development boosts Newberry economy

According to the 2020 U.S. Census, the City of Newberry’s population grew. The city's mayor said more businesses have also been opening in the Newberry.NEWBERRY, S.C. — According to numbers from the 2020 U.S. Census, Newberry County’s population declined by a little more than 200 people over a 10 year period. While the City of Newberry’s population grew by about 400. As proof of that growth, the town’s mayor says the city has be...

According to the 2020 U.S. Census, the City of Newberry’s population grew. The city's mayor said more businesses have also been opening in the Newberry.

NEWBERRY, S.C. — According to numbers from the 2020 U.S. Census, Newberry County’s population declined by a little more than 200 people over a 10 year period. While the City of Newberry’s population grew by about 400. As proof of that growth, the town’s mayor says the city has been welcoming more business and development—which are helping the local economy.

"I have seen Newberry improve and grow over the years that I’ve been here," said Newberry resident Marquetie Palmer.

Palmer moved to the City of Newberry in 1993. She said over the last decade, Newberry has developed into a great city.

"It’s a good mix of the big box and the small mom-and-pop businesses that we have like these downtown, that offer really unique things also," Palmer said. "So, it’s a great variety for the community and the people that live here."

According to the city's Mayor, Foster Senn, Newberry has been experiencing a lot of economic progress within the last year.

"Some new stores just opened," Mayor Senn said. "Harbor Freight, they got off to a good start. Popeyes opened a couple weeks ago. Big Lots opens tomorrow (May 12). There’s a new Huddle House that’s coming, so that’s some of the retail stores that are coming. And we have a new subdivision that’s getting 50 houses."

Mayor Senn told News 19, if the economy continues to grow in Newberry, more job opportunities will open up and more residents will move to the area.

"We have a good foundation here," Mayor Senn said. "So, if the national economy does well, our factories will do well. Jobs will stay and keep up and we’ll be able to attract more businesses that people are interested in."

Resident Rachel Redd said she has lived in Newberry her whole life and has watched the city grow and progress for the better.

"We used to be a really small town, kind of like Prosperity," Redd said. "I really like how we brought new people in, how we have new businesses, and how everything is being built up."

Outside the city limits, a tissue paper warehouse is also expected to bring nearly 100 more jobs to the county, once construction is complete.

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