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Mayor Jim Preacher, Norway, S.C.

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In what looked like a lost episode of the Andy Griffith Show in which Otis the Drunk tries to apprehend Sheriff Taylor, Norway Mayor Jim Preacher cracked us up on the local TV news in January when he turned the tables on a South Carolina state trooper. The trooper had pulled Preacher over for speeding, but the mayor said he was acting in his capacity as the town's chief constable. The dash cam caught the exchange in perfectly grainy footage. The town council had disbanded the Norway Police Department in 2011, and now the state's Department of Public Safety has asked SLED to look into whether Norway's mayor did have powers of law enforcement. Hopefully, the mad antics in Orangeburg County will continue.


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