Robert and Ethelmae Hertzog, of Overlook, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Christal Lynn Hertzog, to David Henry Searles, a son of Audrey Searles, of Wilkes-Barre, and the late Henry Searles.

The engagement took place in Charleston, S.C., during a private horse and carriage ride through historic downtown Charleston. The proposal was contained in a poem David had written and read from a scroll.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Southern Columbia Area High School and the Washingtonville School of Practical Nursing. She is employed as an LPN, RAC-CT, on the skilled nursing unit at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital.

The future groom is a graduate of Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh and the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Ill. He is employed as a cardiac tech for Digirad Corp. He is also a PDIC scuba instructor, specializing in public safety diving.

A January 2014 wedding is planned at St. John's United Church of Christ, Shamokin.