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      Lowcountry boil to benefit Richland County K9 unit

      Richland County Master Deputy Warren Cavanaugh and his K9 partner Chico.

      COLUMBIA (WACH/AP) -- The K9 unit at the Richland County Sheriff's Department is getting a boost.

      Sheriff Leon Lott says Zach's Sandwich Shop and Schroeder's Towing are hosting a Lowcountry boil on Thursday to benefit the department.

      Lott says the business owners contacted his deputies looking for a way to give back to the department and show support for its K9 unit.

      The event will be held at Zach's Sandwich Shop (3512 Bush River Road) from 11 to 2:30 PM Thursday.

      Similar events have been successful in the past. Organizers say the last time this event was held, they served 125 plates in less than two hours.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)