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County council abandons county police proposal
County resident Carla Lloyd Parker turns to the crowd during the public comment period to give her take on councils proposal. - photo by Michael Ulmer
Kershaw County Council sat stone-faced in council chambers Tuesday as, one by one, 13 county residents got up and resoundingly voiced their opposition to a proposal to hand most of Sheriff Jim Matthews’ power to a new county police force. Virtually every speaker from the standing-room-only crowd was met with cheers and applause, including Elgin resident Tim Taylor, who even received a chorus of “amens” after wrapping up his comments to council. “The county wanted a change and that’s why we voted for Matthews.