Bricks on the roof

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You can see bricks on the roof of this Bridge Street house in St. Matthews, S.C., a town of just over 2,000 people in the central part of the state.  Bricks?  Yep.  They’re keeping the tin on the roof from blowing away from periodic high winds that accompany thunderstorms.

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A pleasant spring yard a couple of blocks away.

About a quarter of the population is at or below the federal poverty line, according to this article.  More than 60 percent of residents of the town, which is Calhoun County’s seat of government, are black.

The county is home to just over 15,000 people, which makes it the third least populous county in the state.  It’s also the smallest geographically in the state.  Named for former Vice President and U.S. Sen. John C. Calhoun, about 16 percent of families live below the poverty line.  More.

Photo by Andy Brack.