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      Longtime Florence coach and teacher dies

      Charlie "Pete" McCants

      Charlie "Pete" McCants, a beloved Florence educator and coach, died Sunday evening after an apparent heart attack, according to a Florence School District One board member.

      McCants worked for the district for nearly 35 years as a basketball and football coach and teacher at Williams Middle School.

      Those close to McCants say he loved working with students and was dedicated to seeing them succeed.

      The district says McCants was a loyal employee and is saddened by his death.