Buying a new home is a big deal. For many homeowners, it's one of the most important decisions they ever make. When it comes to such a substantial choice, there are a lot of factors to consider, like:
Getting the answers to those questions can be hard but finding a trustworthy manufactured home company can be even more challenging. Sure, you could settle for a fly-by-night company or a shady mobile home dealer. But if you're like most folks, you want to work with a reliable company that has been in business for years. You need a team of professionals who can answer your questions, address your concerns, and sell you a quality home that will keep your family safe and sound.
Welcome to Ken-Co Homes Inc. - your premier choice for mobile home sales in Loris, SC. Ken-Co Homes has been Lake City's go-to manufactured home since 1974. With several locations in South Carolina, we're the first choice for manufactured homes in the state. As longtime locals in the community, we pride ourselves on honesty, hard work, and running a manufactured home business that you can count on.
There's no secret sauce that makes Ken-Co Homes successful. We work hard, sell the finest Clayton, Destiny, Scotbilt, Homes, and treat our customers like we would like to be treated. That's why, when you meet our team for your home tour, you'll be treated with respect and greeted with a warm smile. Whether you have questions regarding financing or the fit and finish of a floorplan, we'll maintain that same level of kindness, courtesy, and honesty. That way, you know for sure that you have invested in a top-notch manufactured home that your family will love.
Unlike other manufactured home dealers, we have a full selection of Clayton Homes for sale with attractive floor plans to fit your unique lifestyle. When you choose Ken-Co Homes, you're also choosing:
We offer our valued customers a $500 guarantee that we will meet or beat ANY competitor who has a lower price on one of our homes with the same options. Don't believe us? Contact our office today!
With decades of combined experience, our team has the tools and know-how to make your buying process smooth and stress-free.
Buying a home can be challenging, especially with travel logistics and other factors at play. Our team can help answer any questions you have about buying a home and transporting it to a park or piece of private land.
When you buy from Ken-Co Homes, you're investing in a high-quality product that your family will love for years to come. With more than a dozen home choices, you're sure to find a new home that matches your lifestyle.
We'll work with you one-on-one to ensure you get the home of your dreams. If you have questions or concerns once you move in, give us a call - we're here to help.
We offer detail-oriented, experienced set-up crews that make living life in your new home easy and efficient.
At Ken-Co Homes, we offer flexible financing options to help make buying your dream home a reality.
Whether you're looking for a smaller two-bedroom manufactured home or a large, luxurious four-bedroom manufactured home, our friendly consultants are ready to help you build the home of your dreams.
"Is there a difference between a mobile home and a manufactured home?" is one of the most common questions we get online and in person. Today, many people use mobile home and manufactured home interchangeably. That's understandable because both types of homes share similar features and benefits for homeowners. However, understanding the minor differences can be valuable when searching for a new place to call home.
Unlike site-built homes, manufactured homes are built in a factory. Once completed, they're shipped to a specific location where the homeowner will live. The term "manufactured home" refers to any factory-built home constructed after June 15, 1976. That date is when the HUD or U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development implemented guidelines centered around manufactured home construction.
HUD code requires manufactured homes to be constructed on a base frame with wheels with a minimum of 320 square feet.
Thanks to fast build times and lower material costs, manufactured homes for sale in Loris, SC is often more cost-effective for home buyers. Compared to traditional site-built homes, many manufactured homes can be up to 35% less than more traditional houses.
Any mobile homes built after June 15, 1976, are considered manufactured homes today, though many people use the term mobile home casually. In the past, these homes were used to travel and were more like the expensive RVs that people use today than true manufactured homes. Back then, mobile homes received a bad reputation due to poor build quality, but they've come a long way since that time. Today, mobile homes are safe, comfortable, and structurally sound, with many types of amenities and floor plans.
Manufactured homes are more popular in the U.S. than ever, and for good reason: prospective homeowners are looking for affordable, quality alternatives to traditional homes. That's especially true today, with inflation on the rise, necessitating more budget-friendly options for anyone who wants to put a roof over their heads.
If you're used to living in a traditional, site-built home, you may be wondering what the advantages are of buying a manufactured home. Here are just a few of the most common benefits of buying a manufactured home:
When you boil it down to the basics, buying a new home is all about the money. One of the most attractive reasons for buying a manufactured home is that they are often much less expensive than traditional site-built homes. Today, manufactured housing is considered a crucial part of the housing shortage solution and a viable option with inflation rising. According to statistics, the average square-foot cost of a site-built home is $107, while the average price is only $49 in a manufactured home. Whether you're sticking to a strict budget or your finances have changed due to poor economic conditions, going manufactured might be your best choice.
Owning a manufactured home gives the homeowner long-term living options. Because basic manufactured homes are usually very affordable, families with enough land can start with a small home and add additional units as their needs change. Manufactured homes are also great as starter homes, especially for families that plan on building a permanent structure on their land in the future. Though it could be logistically challenging, manufactured homes can also be moved to a different site if the initial one was on rented property.
Manufactured homes have received a bad rap over the last few decades. In reality, most manufactured homes are purpose-built for longevity with structural integrity. Every manufactured home built today is subject to the HUD code adopted in 1976. This code is the only federally-mandated code in existence. It was designed to ensure that manufactured homes meet strict standards regarding fire safety, structural design, energy efficiency, transportation to home sites, and overall construction. All manufactured homes sold in the U.S. have a permanent red seal to confirm they meet HUD standards.
When you buy a manufactured home, you may be able to move in faster than you would via traditional routes. Some manufactured homes are even move-in ready in less than 45 days. Compared to a traditional home, once a new manufactured home is built in the factory, buyers usually find that installation is a quick process. Once the manufactured home is delivered, utility work usually moves quickly, regardless of whether you're moving to a park or transporting your home to a piece of land. Before you know it, you're eating, sleeping, and enjoying life in your new manufactured home.
When asked about the pros and cons, many buyers cite energy efficiency as one of the most significant benefits of owning a manufactured home. In general, manufactured housing is more energy efficient than traditional because HUD mandates ensure that homes have high energy efficiency ratings.
These ratings are achieved through upgraded insulation installation, on-demand water heaters, and energy-efficient windows. These upgrades often make entire manufactured homes Energy Star certified. It's no surprise that manufactured homes are 27% more efficient than they used to be with other additions like energy-saving appliances in kitchens and bathrooms.
If you've ever lived in an apartment complex before, chances are you heard sounds and noises through your walls that you never wanted to hear. If you hate hearing your neighbors and despise thin walls, looking for mobile home sales in Loris, SC is a great idea. Why? Manufactured homes are typically built using separate modules, which reduces sound transference from room to room. When two or more modules are combined and insulated separately, buyers enjoy an even quieter, stronger home with less outside noise.
If there's one disappointing aspect of manufactured homes, the stigma seems to surround them. Yes, mobile homes from 30 or more years ago aren't exactly marvels of construction and deserve to be criticized. However, modern manufactured homes are cut from a different cloth and are often every bit as safe and luxurious as site-built homes.
Here are some of the most common (and annoying) mobile home myths debunked:
Modern manufactured homes are factory-built homes crafted with quality materials that meet comprehensive federal construction and safety standards. These standards, called the "HUD Code," outline how the homes must be built, including safety guidelines. For example, manufactured home builders must take strict measures to ensure their homes are resistant to wind. In terms of hurricanes and tornados, having such measures in place can prevent a tragedy from happening.
The bottom line is that manufactured homes are plenty safe and provide a quality product to people who want a lower-cost option over traditional housing.
One of the most repeated myths surrounding manufactured homes is that they are in poor shape and have an overall poor quality. Today, many manufactured homes are built with quality materials and care. It's not unusual to find a manufactured home with luxurious amenities and features lie state-of-the-art kitchens, high-end appliances, and chic open floor plans. At Ken-Co Homes, we can provide you with a complete list of available upgrades and amenities for you to enjoy in your new home.
Perhaps it's due to their popularity and lower prices, but we often hear that it's hard to find manufactured homes for sale. As seasoned home dealers, we can say this is categorically false. Whether you head over to Google and search for "mobile homes near me in Loris, SC," or simply head to Ken-Co Homes' website, you'll see plenty of homes to choose from. Contact our office today for a full list of our homes for sale!
When it comes to home prices in today's day and age, manufactured homes are among the most affordable options available.
That's because manufactured homes cost less to construct than site-built homes, with the average price costing $92K for new construction and $60K for a pre-owned manufactured home, according to recent data. The cost of a traditional home is much higher, with an average of $408K, according to Statista data from 2021. Even though manufactured home living costs change depending on the community, they're often much less expensive than their site-built cousins in the long run.
This myth parallels the stereotype that manufactured homes are cheap and poorly built. Unfortunately, many people still believe that living in a manufactured home community isn't safe. They think that the parks are run down and riddled with reprobates. In reality, many manufactured home parks mimic gated communities with 24-hour security and mandated quiet hours. Some manufactured home neighborhoods even offer community-wide amenities like spas and pools. If you're a fan of the gated community lifestyle but don't want to pay hundreds of thousands for a site-built home, a manufactured home community could be your best bet.
Are you giving serious thought to buying a manufactured home for sale in South Carolina? You're not alone - more than 365K people in the Palmetto State live in manufactured homes. At Ken-Co Homes Inc., we're not your average run-of-the-mill manufactured home dealer. We only do business with manufacturing partners committed to building top-quality products that our customers are proud to own.
If you're looking for modern amenities, energy-efficient appliances, unique floorplans, and homes constructed with quality materials, Ken-Co Homes is the company for you. Contact our office today to learn more about our beautiful Clayton homes for sale in Loris, SC.
LORIS, S.C. (WPDE) — A movie studio is coming to Loris. It’s a project that the studio owner and the city have been keeping under wraps for a while, but now is stepping into the spotlig...
LORIS, S.C. (WPDE) — A movie studio is coming to Loris. It’s a project that the studio owner and the city have been keeping under wraps for a while, but now is stepping into the spotlight.
Jerry Dalton, president and founder of Dalton Studios, has been working in the movie industry for more than 20 years. He said it’s been a long road to get here but he’s excited to get Loris on the big screen.
What may look like bare walls, wood piles, and clutter right now will soon be the gem of downtown Loris where movies come to life.
I think it’s a great way for others to see the world from different spectrums, visions, and different perspectives. And to have that escape is a wonderful thing, and we wanted to help create that escape," Dalton said.
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Dalton bought the first building for the studio in 2007. His studio now encompasses four different buildings, including one that used to be an auto store.
He and his crew are rolling up their sleeves to clean them up.
"From the ground up, we took the concrete out, went down four foot, put all new infrastructure into the ground, plumbing, wiring, communication cables, everything that is needed for a studio," he said.
Dalton said that Loris has the potential to be a great setting for films.
"You’re far away enough from the coast where the effects of a hurricane are a little less threatening. The architecture is perfect, you can film anywhere from the 1940s through modern day," he said.
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The words "courage, focus and persistence" hang in the studio. Dalton said this was the motto he lived by to make his dream come true and he’s hoping others will do the same.
Never give up on that dream of what you want to do, because if you give up, you’re giving up on life," he said.
Dalton is hoping to have the studio open by the end of 2023 or early 2024.
He said when they open, they’ll hold tours for the public so they can see how movies are made and maybe even be in one.
Dalton is also the director of the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival.
That will be happening from April 18 - April 22.
READ MORERead The Sun News’ coverage of the ongoing search for 23-year-old Tyler Doyle, who went missing after a small jon boat sank in the Little River area on the evening of Jan. 26, 2023.Expand AllHundreds gathered at the T. Craig Campbell boat landing in Little River Sunday evening to hold a prayer vigil for missing South Carolina boater Tyler Doyle.Doyle, of Loris, went missing after duck hunting in a 16-foot jon boat with a friend at the Little River jetties around 4 p.m. on Jan. 26.The sear...
Read The Sun News’ coverage of the ongoing search for 23-year-old Tyler Doyle, who went missing after a small jon boat sank in the Little River area on the evening of Jan. 26, 2023.
Hundreds gathered at the T. Craig Campbell boat landing in Little River Sunday evening to hold a prayer vigil for missing South Carolina boater Tyler Doyle.
Doyle, of Loris, went missing after duck hunting in a 16-foot jon boat with a friend at the Little River jetties around 4 p.m. on Jan. 26.
The search has captured the attention of thousands over social media nationwide.
“From the bottom of our heart, every family member thanks everybody for what they’ve done, from the smallest to the greatest thing that’s been done, we want the public to know that we are grateful,” Linda Doyle, a grandmother, told The Sun News in an exclusive interview.
At the vigil, several wore shirts depicting Doyle and his wife, Lakelyn Doyle. Some shirts had the words, “Tyler Strong,” on them, as well.
Community members brought food to the event, including pizza, sodas, macaroni and cheese and chicken bog.
Dogwood Hill Baptist Church in Loris hosted the vigil alongside Grand Strand Outdoors and Duchess Discussions, an online creator who has been an advocate for the search online.
“We haven’t seen any evidence of death, so we are still gonna claim life,” Pastor Jimmy Floyd said.
He added that in the 12 years of being a pastor at Dogwood Hill Baptist Church, he had never seen the community react in such a way.
“I’ve never seen more outpouring of love, through all of this,” he said.
According to South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the leading agency, a 911 call on the day Tyler went missing initiated the search. Since then, Brunswick County, N.C., Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, and nonprofit Wings of Hope have joined the search.
No foul play is suspected, according to SCDNR.
Weather conditions and boating mechanical issues are the predominant contributing factors in the investigation, the department has said.
It was announced by family members at the vigil that the U.S. Civil Air Patrol joined the search on Sunday as well.
Jill Hardee, a friend of the Doyles, was present with her family at the vigil. She said that Tyler’s disappearance had been “very tough” on everyone, and she said she hopes the family will get closure soon.
The North Myrtle Beach Rescue Squad, a volunteer organization that was initially involved with the search, was present as well. Volunteers with the group had been searching for about eight to 10 days before officially calling off their own search.
Lance Barnes, boat captain with the North Myrtle Beach Rescue Squad, said that the organization would aid in the search when another agency calls for it.
“Just trying to bring that family some sort of closure,” he said.
At the end of the vigil, several friends of Doyle gathered near the boat landing and performed duck calls, as a way to call Tyler back home.
SCDNR said that the search would continue alongside the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office as long as the weather holds up. Another update from officials is expected Tuesday.
This story was originally published February 19, 2023, 8:49 PM.
The grill sizzles with hashbrowns and bacon – and hamburgers for those who arrive to an early lunch at Shorty’s Grill in Loris.But those who know it’s Thursday hold off on the burger.Nick Conner walks across the black-and-white tile, carrying a 50-quart pot to the front of the decades-old restaurant.Can you guess what’s inside?Chicken bog. Not chicken and rice or chicken pilau. It’s known as chicken bog in these parts of the state.Thursdays are bog days at Shorty’s....
The grill sizzles with hashbrowns and bacon – and hamburgers for those who arrive to an early lunch at Shorty’s Grill in Loris.
But those who know it’s Thursday hold off on the burger.
Nick Conner walks across the black-and-white tile, carrying a 50-quart pot to the front of the decades-old restaurant.
Can you guess what’s inside?
Chicken bog. Not chicken and rice or chicken pilau. It’s known as chicken bog in these parts of the state.
Thursdays are bog days at Shorty’s.
It’s also the day the Horry County Historic Preservation Commission unveiled a chicken bog plaque in front of the Loris Library, marking the area the home of chicken bog.
The sign reads:
ONE-POT DISH MADE WITH RICE,
CHICKEN & SAUSAGE. FED CROWDS
BY 1920S. TRADITIONALLY EATEN
AFTER GATHERING TOBACCO IN
NORTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA.
Back at Shorty’s, Conner’s morning started early during the breakfast rush.
He gets the chicken boiling at 7 a.m. Then it’s time to cut up the smoked sausage. Conner adds seasonings and the sausage.
When the sausage “gets right,” it’s time for the rice to go in.
“That’s when the magic happens,” Conner said.
An hour later, it’s ready.
Thursdays are for chicken bog because that’s the way the previous owners, Ernest and Myrtle Lyerly, did it each week when the restaurant was called Loris Lunch and Pool Room.
The tradition continued after Conner’s father took over the restaurant.
For over 40 years, the great Loris Bog-Off Festival has been a part of the city’s identity. Thousands of people flock to downtown each year, and some with a mission in mind: to become the next bog-off champion.
The idea happened in 1981, thanks to Loris native Singleton Bailey, who noticed there was no annual festival in town.
“We are festivalless,” he recalls thinking at the time. “I thought Loris should have a festival.”
A festival must have a theme or something an area is known for. No single crop represented Loris, Bailey said.
Then chicken bog came to mind.
The dish is special to most native Horry County families. Each family has their own way of cooking it and no two chicken bog dishes are the same, Bailey said.
“Since chicken bog had a lot of pride in it, I thought that might be a good way to have a chicken bog contest … they could actually have a trophy and title,” he said.
Bailey took his idea to what was known at the time as the Loris Merchants Association before the local chamber was established. And the rest was history.
“I didn’t do it all by myself, it was my idea, but I did have help,” he said.
“Those first years were exciting ‘cause radio stations were calling me from all over the United States,” Bailey said. “Now when we have [a festival], I can reflect on how it’s grown.”
Preserving this county’s history through historical markers is one of the HPC’s initiatives.
The chicken bog marker has been a year in the making, said HPC chair Susan Platt.
A Hungry for History grant funded the sign after the preservation commission’s research proved that chicken bog has existed for more than 50 years locally. Anything older than 50 years old may be considered historic, Platt said.
Old newspaper clippings and interviews with locals whose grandparents and great-grandparents cooked chicken bog on the farm gave proof that the dish is ingrained in the county’s history.
“It’s just part of our culture, part of who we are,” Platt said. “That is why chicken bog qualifies.”
The HPC’s research found that the rice dish was made instead of potatoes because rice doesn’t spoil. It stood the test of time and the ingredients were readily available, Platt said.
So what about the name?
The bog part derives from the texture of the dish reflecting the boggy soil in parts of western Horry County.
Being made in a large cast-iron pot for everyone is another characteristic that has stood the test of time.
In the crowd Thursday as the plaque was unveiled, Bailey was delighted that the festival he helped create has turned into so much more for the city of Loris.
“It was rewarding, a rewarding feeling to know that it’s come that far to be appreciated to the extent that it is … a plaque is probably pretty good for that,” he said.
No matter where you come from, who you are or how you cook it, chicken bog is made to gather people together in Horry County.
It’s not just a thing of the past.
It’s something to still enjoy together today.
Authorities with the U.S. Coast Guard have ended their search for 23-year-old Tyler Doyle, who went missing in a boating accident in North Myrtle Beach.On January 28, the official Twitter handle of the United States Coast Guard Southeast gave an update about the suspension of their active search that lasted for 45 hours and covered more than 694 miles.USCGSoutheast@USCG ...
Authorities with the U.S. Coast Guard have ended their search for 23-year-old Tyler Doyle, who went missing in a boating accident in North Myrtle Beach.
On January 28, the official Twitter handle of the United States Coast Guard Southeast gave an update about the suspension of their active search that lasted for 45 hours and covered more than 694 miles.
@USCG #FinalUPDATE @USCG suspended the active search for 23yo man, Fri, evening. Crews searched for approx 45 hrs & over 694 Mi."We offer our deepest sympathies to the family at this difficult time," said Lt. Emily M Trudeau, Sector Charleston PAO.
On the evening of January 26, Doyle went missing after his boat took on water and sank in the Little River area. As per the Coast Guard authorities, he was last seen wearing khaki pants and a camo jacket.
The other person present on the boat was saved by the North Jetties.
Doyle went duck hunting on a 16-foot john boat on January 26 and has not returned since.
On the day of his disappearance, Horry County Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the incident just before 5.00 pm. The team was accompanied by the North Myrtle Beach Rescue Squad and other agencies that assisted with the search for the missing youngster.
Tyler Doyle's family also gathered at the Johnny Causey Boat Landing in hopes of his return and were accompanied by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol and a helicopter.
By January 27, a Venmo account was set up, with funds being sent to provide biscuits and other essential supplies to the people gathered around the search site. Within an hour of the account's launch, over $800 was donated.
As per social media handles, Tyler Doyle is married and is expecting a baby soon. His Facebook handle states that he works at Carolina Kitchens, a service for refrigeration in Loris. He is a native of Loris, South Carolina.
His wife, Lakelyn Chestnut Doyle, also prayed for her husband's safe return as she shared a post on Facebook.
"Oh tyler. My love. My bestfriend. My everything. PLEASE just come home. I miss you so much. My heart is shattered. Tyler is strong. Tyler is smart. He’s out there I know he is. PLEASE PRAY SO HARD. Paisley grace needs you."
A GoFundMe account was set up by Hannah Faulk, who wrote in the bio that the Doyle family is "very close to her heart." The account was launched to help Lakelyn financially as she is currently pregnant. As of writing, the account has garnered $11,295 of the $15,000 goal.
Carolina Food Service, a food distributor that supplies many Hispanic and Latino restaurants in Horry County and in North and South Carolina, announced Thursday a major expansion of its Loris distribution facility that will create dozens of new jobs.The $3.7 million expansion will create 71 new jobs as the company builds an additional 20,000 square foot facility in the Loris industrial park, one of the company’s several expansions since it opened in 2009. The company has purchased an additional nine acres in the industrial park....
Carolina Food Service, a food distributor that supplies many Hispanic and Latino restaurants in Horry County and in North and South Carolina, announced Thursday a major expansion of its Loris distribution facility that will create dozens of new jobs.
The $3.7 million expansion will create 71 new jobs as the company builds an additional 20,000 square foot facility in the Loris industrial park, one of the company’s several expansions since it opened in 2009. The company has purchased an additional nine acres in the industrial park.
South Carolina’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development is supplying the company with a $100,000 grant to jump start the expansion, money that will help pay for site preparation and construction once the company invests its own $100,000.
Carolina Food Service has occupied the industrial park since its founding and was the county’s first independent food distributor, supplying everything from steak, to vegetables to rice and grits.
Loris Mayor Todd Harrelson celebrated the expansion on Thursday, in part because the company has been a good neighbor. He said one Carolina Food Service employee regularly volunteers to cook food for families at local baseball and softball games and that the company aided locals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When supplies like hand sanitizer and toilet paper were hard to find, Harrelson said, Carolina Food Service used its connections to ship those products in for Loris residents.
“I’m just proud and I’m glad to have Carolina Foods,” he said. “I’m just glad to have them as part of this community because they contribute in many ways. They’re good people.”
The expansion also represents the growing popularity of the Loris industrial park, a project of Santee Cooper, the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation and the city.
Sandy Davis, the head of the MBREDC, said the park has “moved on” from a rocky past in which a manufacturing company opened its doors in 2015 and shut down without warning in December 2018. Other firms, like Integra Fabrics and Builders First Source also operate out of the industrial park.
“The community welcomes change so I think that’s going to be a big plus for the city of Loris,” she said.
Carolina Food Service has begun hiring for the 71 jobs already, Davis said, and could employ people from both Horry County and North Carolina.
Since the pandemic began, Davis explained, Carolina Food Service has expanded rapidly, first into other parts of South Carolina and then into parts of North Carolina. President and CEO Juan Seratto said he was “truly excited and beyond grateful” for his company’s growth in recent years, and gave credit to his employees in a statement Thursday.
“All their hard work and relentless efforts have put us in an accelerated pace of growth. And, for closing in on accomplishing our goal of becoming a relevant player in the regional food service scene,” Seratto said. “Also, and just as important, is to recognize and appreciate the strong and favorable business environment provided by the state of South Carolina.”
Seratto didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking additional comment.
Horry County Council Chairman Johnny Gardner — along with Gov. Henry McMaster, Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers and Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III — celebrated the expansion, too.
“The expansion of Carolina Food Service proves that our area has the business climate, workforce, infrastructure, community support and belief in our leaders to be successful in Horry County,” Gardner said in a statement. “We are proud of their success and trust in our area.”
For Loris, Harrelson said, Carolina Food Service’s expansion is “huge” and will boost the city’s budget.
“It’s fantastic, it’s really helping the tax base,” he said. “This and the developments we have everything around the industrial park (are) growing, our highways are getting widened…it’s just really huge.”
This story was originally published June 23, 2022, 3:59 PM.