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Law enforcement, businesses team up for memorials
New Memorials Web
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews (center) speaks during a press conference Friday to announce the launch of a new program to install crosses at traffic fatality sites along Kershaw County roadways. Kershaw County Coroner David West (second from left) holds the first such cross -- marked with the name of the countys first 2017 traffic fatality, Matthew Boland, who died Jan. 1 on I-20, with Bolaonds father, Eric (second from right) in attendance. Also on hand, from the S.C. Highway Patrol are 1st Sgt. Mark Danbeck (far left) and Sgt. John McWhorter (far right). - photo by Martin L. Cahn
For many years, drivers along any number of roadways, including I-20 in Kershaw County, have seen roadside memorials erected by people mourning loved ones who have died in crashes. Soon, drivers will see a new set of memorials erected by law enforcement, constructed by students and paid for through business donations. No government funds, state or local taxes will be used to pay for the memorials, said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

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