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A patriot's return

John Almeida grew up idolizing an uncle he never met. Marion Ryan McCown was a pilot, a Golden Gloves boxer and a sailor â€" a true Lowcountry prince of tides. All his life, Almeida was inspired by the family stories of his mother's brother, including the one that had no ending. There were the tales of young adventure when McCown was a Boy Scout exploring the South Carolina salt marshes; his time as a student as Georgia Tech in Atlanta; the time he got his pilot's license.

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When season ends, the questions begin

He has stood on the Summerville sideline for what seems forever. He has won more games than anyone else. He's old, 82. Every year could be his last. But John McKissick knows â€" there's no place he'd rather be. This is the last of an eight-part series. Previously: Times change, and so do the players. Summerville wrapped up its regular season.

Program collects 242 guns

Bob Rousseau loaded six old guns into his car Saturday morning and dropped them off at North Charleston's first gun "buyback" at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. He had been storing his father's old guns in a locked closet for a long time. But, he said, "I've been feeling unsafe with them around the house." He had thought about taking them to a pawn shop but suspected the guns might end up in the hands of a criminal. He was relieved to finally have a safe place to get rid of them.

Owner moving ahead on landfill proposal

ADAMS RUN â€" Wilbur Jones spent much of his childhood hunting in the woods in southwestern Charleston County. Jones, now in his 60s, is one of many residents and landowners in the rural community off U.S. Highway 17 near Parkers Ferry Road fighting to stop a private company from building a landfill for construction waste in the area. He wants to protect the fragile, low-lying environment for future generations.

Enforcement blitz begins for holidays

Police kicked off their traffic-enforcement blitz for the holiday season with a grim comparison: murders and drunken driving fatalities. An average of 315 people are slain in South Carolina every year. But an average of 422 will die annually in alcohol-related crashes.

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