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Shawn Howze sworn in as interim Blackville police chief

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Shawn Howze was sworn in on July 9 as interim chief of the Blackville Police Department.

The Blackville native has nearly eight years of law enforcement experience and previously worked for the Barnwell Police Department and Barnwell County Sheriff's Office.

Chief Howze and his team want to focus on "community policing" by building trust with the community and building relationships with nearby law enforcement agencies. "We are trying to have good, positive relationships with the community. We want to come together to go forward in positive direction," said Chief Howze.

A full story will be published in the July 17 edition.