The store opened in 1875 and has moved over the years. Owner KC Kramer has been running the store for the past 17 years and said it has been his life.
"We have thought about it for the past year, what do we want to do, and I just don't like doing it because I love serving the community, and that's what this hardware store is all about," Kramer said.
The store will be having a blowout sale from now until February.
Kramer said he personally calls customers to let them know when something they need arrives. It's just one way he said he tries to live up to the Hamblen Hardware legacy.
Kramer said it's important to give the oldest named store in Florida a hometown feel.
"I'm one little guy and I just love doing it. I love helping people out, love to see the satisfaction on their faces," Kramer said.
Kramer's store sells services, tools and knick-knacks. Kramer works alongside five longtime part-timers and his wife of 46 years, Gail.
"I'm the bookkeeper and I also check people out," Gail Kramer said. "I do inventory, I clean the bathrooms, I mop floors, I do whatever the boss wants me to do."
The world's oldest twins celebrated their 102nd birthday with family and friends in a Welsh hospital.
Ena Pugh and Lily Milward were born in the Welsh village of Garthbrengy on 4 January, 1910, when Edward VII was King.
The twins could not throw a party as Lily was in hospital recovering from hip surgery but her sister and wellwishers gathered around her bedside to toast the pair, who were given copies of the Guinness World Records to see their entry.
"They have always been close and they have always been happy. That might be their secret," said Lily's granddaughter, Jayne Nascimento.
Lily lives in a cottage in the Brecon Beacons while Ena lives in the nearby village of Erwood. The two maintain a tradition of seeing each other every week, when they take a bus together to go shopping.
"The birthday celebration was a lovely day even though Lily was in hospital. We did have a big party planned, but it was still a time for us to come together and have some cake and celebrate. Now Lily has a metal hip and she's doing well," said Jayne.Read More>>>
Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary, whose grand jury testimony led eventually to public disclosure of the child sex-abuse allegations engulfing the school, was placed on administrative leave Friday afternoon.
The news came after the university said McQueary, who has received numerous threats, wouldn't be attending Penn State's game Saturday against Nebraska.
For some — including Penn State fans who blame McQueary for costing legendary coach Joe Paterno his job and damaging the football program's reputation — an indefinite administrative leave is not good enough. They want him fired — now. "How is it Mike McQueary, who saw the incident, [is] still employed and JoePa, who never saw anything [is] out of the job?" asked one commenter on Twitter. Read More>>>
VIENNA -- In a show-and-tell based on secret intelligence, the U.N. atomic agency shared satellite images, letters and diagrams with 35 nations Friday as it sought to underpin its case that Iran apparently worked secretly on developing a nuclear weapon.
Iran's chief envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency rejected the presentation as based on material fabricated by the United States and its allies.
"There is no indication and proof that Iran's activities is toward military purposes," he told reporters, in comments that those inside the closed meeting showing the evidence said essentially matched his statement to that gathering.
Western diplomats, in contrast, said that the briefing was a convincing supplement to a report presented earlier this week.
Based on 1,000 pages of research and nearly a decade of probing Iran, that document included evidence that the agency says indicates the Islamic republic is working on the clandestine procurement of equipment and designs to make nuclear arms.
"While some of the activities identified in the annex have civilian as well as military applications, others are specific to nuclear weapons," the report said.Read More>>
ROME – A day after Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi promised to bow out of the country's political picture sooner rather than later, Italians said they are not convinced he will actually leave.
"I am starting to think they will have to carry Berlusconi on a stretcher or at gunpoint," said Pier Luigi Bascolo, a 63-year-old retired taxi driver. "I don't think he's going to walk out on his own."
The beleaguered Berlusconi, the latest head of state to fall victim to the fast-spreading European debt crisis, told Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Tuesday that he would resign from his office as soon as the country's latest austerity package made its way through Parliament. Read More>>
A storm hit Tununak in western Alaska on Tuesday.
A powerful storm with hurricane-force winds slammed into western Alaska on Wednesday, causing power failures in some tiny coastal villages and warnings that the area could suffer major flooding.
In a Tuesday forecast, the National Weather Service described the storm as “extremely dangerous and life-threatening” and of “an epic magnitude rarely experienced.” The service said, “All people in the area should take precautions to safeguard their lives and property.”No injuries had been reported by Wednesday afternoon, and some of the worst winds had subsided. But forecasters warned that the storm was still strong and the could cause flooding later as waters surge.By late morning, power had been lost, restored and lost again in Point Hope, a village of fewer than 900 people on a thin spit in the Chukchi Sea. The village school, which has an emergency generator, served as a shelter and provided food on Wednesday. Classes had been canceled since Tuesday. Residents worried that houses and their plumbing would begin to freeze as temperatures dipped close to zero with the wind chill. Read More>>