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      Billie Hardee Home for Boys closes

      Billie Hardee Home for Boys in Darlington County

      The Billie Hardee Home for Boys in Darlington County has closed after more than 35 years of operation.

      Officials with the home say they had to shutdown due to financial struggles they're endured over the past couple of years.

      The home houses abandoned, abused, neglected and delinquent teenage boys for the SC Department of Social Services and SC Department of Juvenile Justice.

      The ranch-style home is located on Timmonsville Highway near Darlington.

      More than 10,000 boys have come through the home since it opened.

      Billie Hardee and her husband Jim founded the home in November of 1977 and say the home had expanded over the years to a school and counseling program.

      "Primarily economic times hit. There are five children ' s homes in the state that closed this month. It just became overwhelming for our program and these others are going under," said Jim Hardee.

      The Hardees retired from the home several years ago and were no longer involved in the day to day operations.

      They say the closing is tough on their entire family, but they will focus on the good times and the lives they've changed.

      "I am hoping that the kids will carry the good things that they've learned. I hope it doesn't come to end, but it will keep going on and on in the lives of these kids," said Billie Hardee.

      "This has been a good trip we have been on for 36 years ," Jim added. " We celebrating the good stuff that has been down an d we really don't have any regrets."

      In coordination with SC Department of Social Services and SC Department of Juvenile Justice, all current residents have been successfully relocated.