Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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A gun collector and veteran is planning on putting up a military museum in Camden. He has one of the most impressive collections in the country, and he hopes it will attract tourists to downtown.
"When I find something today, it's as exciting as the first thing I ever found," said Ross Beard.
And Beard has found a lot.
"I've been collecting 73 of my 83 years," said Beard. "My Godfather got me started when I was 10 years old."
It helps when your godfather is legendary FBI agent Melvin Purvis. He got the ball rolling, but Beard's curiosity and love of history did the rest.
"It's the race to get there. To beat someone else to it. It's a lot of fun," said Beard. "Keeps you young!"
Beard's contracting job took him around the world, and he'd rarely come home without a new piece. He got so many that he sent a large part of his collection to Columbia to help start the South Carolina Military Museum. Now he wants to bring that history into Camden.
"This town has wonderful antique shops, wonderful jewelry stores, ladies like to come here and shop, and some of the men don't like to go shopping, but you know they'll go to a museum and look at rare guns, and I've got some rare ones," said Beard. "Camden's been real good to me, and I'd like to help the merchants if I can."
It's early in the process and there are a lot of specifics to be nailed down, but Beard hopes to get it done. One thing's for sure, he's got enough stock.
"My cat's learned to walk sideways to get around them all, and I've learned to do the same," joked Beard.
His living room would do the trick, but he's got plenty more in storage, and there will always be more along the way.
"As long as I can crawl up to a gun, I'll be collecting," said Beard. "I've sworn off collecting like my friend who quit smoking. He said it's nothing. I've done it a thousand times!"
Now until Beard gets his museum going in Camden, you can check out a portion of his collection at the South Carolina Military Museum. It's open Tuesday through Saturday and admission is free.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>