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1.19.15 | Final lap for Bishopville's 'Button King?'



BISHOPVILLE, S.C. – Parked inside the metal Quonset hut that lies a few steps from his home, Dalton Stevens’ button-emblazoned hearse is but one item in a life and museum dedicated to the ordinary clothing fasteners.

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12.7.14 | The stage is right



FLORENCE, S.C. – “This is what you put in your obituary,” Becky Crawford said of Rachel Flamini's leading role. “It’s that important.”

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11.16.14 | A dog person



QUINBY, S.C. – After years of working with dogs – grooming, mostly, out of shops on Evans Street and Second Loop and Third Loop roads – Scott Jones went home. The dogs came, too.

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10.5.14 | Rapping for Christ



TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. -- "At least he's not rapping for the devil," Kerry's wife, April, said. "He's rapping for Christ. So I prefer that."

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9.15.14 | Care from the air



FLORENCE and MULLINS, S.C. -- The helicopter, a single-engine Bell 407, touched down at McLeod Regional Medical Center. With another helicopter already parked on the concrete heli-pad, the landing zone was smaller than normal though still very manageable.

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8.24.14 | Muscadine madness



DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. -- "They tell me if you eat enough of them it'll make you pretty," John Ward joked. "And I'm only a boxcar load behind."

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8.23.14 | Night shift



FLORENCE, S.C. — “I don’t know how to run other motels,” said Jon Gause one recent night, “but I know how to run the Colonial Inn.”

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8.4.14 | Of grave concern



FLORENCE, S.C. - “For a long time, it was just me and Tim out here,” said Brandon Bumgarner, smoking a cigarette during a work break.

That’s as long as you don’t count the souls buried in the ground and resting in the mausoleum.

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7.13.14 | Mel's Tire Shop a Florence landmark



FLORENCE, S.C. – Ollie Wilson remembers the first time she visited Mel’s Tires, years ago. It was on Christmas. The shop was open.

“This is a landmark,” she said of the auto shop on the corner of Darlington and Coit streets, instantly recognizable by the hubcaps that cover every exterior wall and fence on the property.

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6.28.14 | Camp Coker marks 85 years of scouting


SOCIETY HILL, S.C. — Volunteer marksmanship instructor Dave Yeager was assuring Friday afternoon as he finished supervising a group of Boy Scouts at Camp Coker's firing range.

"Don't you worry about it," he said. "I'll have you shooting by Tuesday."



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