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Former Pres. Jimmy Carter's Tiny Hometown Braces to Say Goodbye

Plains, Georgia is bracing for his death

Michael Dominick had put off touching up the 13-foot peanut.

Every three years for the last 20, Jimmy Carter’s hometown hired the handyman-slash-mail carrier to repaint the roadside statue, a relic from the former president's 1976 campaign. Now the peanut's toothy grin, a nod to Carter's famously wide smile, needed a polish.

But it had been raining lately in Plains, a patch of farmland home to roughly 700 people, so Dominick, 54, hadn't been in a hurry. Then word broke Saturday that Carter, the oldest ex-president at 98, had opted to spend his final days in hospice care at home.

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