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Howdy. We've moved from Cayce, but St. Elizabeth of South Rose Hill or Lizette de Waccamaw de Sud just don't do it for me.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Thanks for calling; Don't leave a message

This from a local news story about the police in a little burg near here (one that has had a couple of recent murders, as well as on on-going meth problem.)

Gaston Police Department disbanded

Jan 9, 2008 10:10 PM EST
When we [WIS TV] called Gaston Police Chief Woddy Crider, we got a voicemail message saying, "This is Chief Crider, Gaston Police Department. Do not leave any messages. As of right now, council has disbanded the police department."

The article goes on to say that the entire police force has been laid off, due to lack of money to pay them. The town is under investigation for mismanagement of funds recently for travel and entertainment, maybe more? I particularly liked this bit of the article:

WIS News 10's Stewart Moore asked Chief Crider, "How does it make you feel to see that they're spending that type of money on personal endeavors and can't afford to pay the people protecting them?"

"I really rather not answer that," says Chief Crider. "I don't think it can be on TV."

Y'all be careful out there.

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