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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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
As an engineer, Jim Dukes never thought he'd one day call himself an artist. But his life has been anything but predictable.
"I got to the crossroads where I had to decide am I going to be a man with a disability, or a disabled man," he said. "I wasn't going to be disabled, so I had to figure out what I could do."
Dukes was a contractor overseas where he got more than a few concussions and PTSD. When he got back, a night of drinking ended when he dove into a shallow pool that did more damage.
After two suicide attempts Dukes dug his heels in looking for a lifeline.
"To get something I could finally identify as a positive was crucial to succeeding," he said.
He was broke. He had trouble walking and couldn't drive. PTSD had him constantly on edge and made it hard to focus.
Photography, for some reason, was the outlet he needed.
"When I work with images, it's clear and I can do it for long periods of time without mental fatigue," said Dukes. "It just clicks."
His online gallery landed him in Columbia at the Tapp's Art Center.
"For an emerging artist I thought it had just that look," said Brenda Schwarz with Tapp's Art Center.
The Executive Director brought Dukes in to be the center's first artist in residence. In August they'll host The Art of Healing, an exhibit featuring Dukes and some of Columbia's art therapists.
"A lot of people in this town who are art therapists don't get a lot of attention, nor do the people they work with," said Schwarz.
Dukes wants to stay for three months. He's already reached out to Hidden Wounds in hopes of starting an art therapy program for veterans. Hoping that they can find similar relief, in an unexpected place.
"it's all about getting it out there and realizing we're all kind of in a messed up journey and let's figure out how we can make it better and get out the other side," said Dukes.
Dukes is raising money so that he can stay and help as long as possible at the gallery. He's started a Kickstarter page to raise money.
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 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 6:15 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:15:08 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 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 >>