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      Timmonsville considers firing police force

      During a special meeting Monday night, Timmonsville Town Council talked about doing away with the town's police department to save money. Tuesday night at their regularly scheduled meeting, they discussed the matter for two and a half hours. They took no action though and said they'll vote on it at another time.

      Council may ask the Florence County Sheriff's Office to take over and provide coverage for Timmonsville.

      Officials say the town owes about $400,000 to USDA Rural Development and needs to save money. The development loans were used for improvements to the town's water system and wastewater treatment plant.

      The police department employs four full-time, one part-time and two reserve officers.

      Some council members say it would be foolish to fire the police force because of all the crime that happens in the town.

      Others argue they have to do what's needed to save money.