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L-EHS valedictorian honored by Elgin Town Council

Posted: March 7, 2016 7:12 p.m.
Updated: March 8, 2016 1:00 a.m.
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Hannah Potter (center) was joined by family and community members at Tuesday’s council meeting. Council recognized Potter’s achievements during Tuesday night’s meeting.

Elgin Town Council recognized Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) Valedictorian Hannah Potter at March 1 meeting. Potter’s list of achievements includes receiving a Congressional nomination to West Point from Congressman Mick Mulvaney and receiving Congressional nominations to the Merchant Marine Academy and Air Force Academy from U.S. Senator Tim Scott. Potter has also been accepted into The Citadel, USC Honors College and The Calhoun Honors College at Clemson.

“I’ve known Hannah all of her life,” Elgin Mayor Melissa Emmons said. “I’ve had the pleasure of watching her grow up into the young lady that she is and has become. I have no doubt she is a future leader. This young lady, her future is wide open. She will make such an impression in this world.”

Kershaw County Chairman Julian Burns also attended the meeting and acknowledged Potter had important decisions to make.

“This is what makes America great isn’t it? It starts in these small towns. It has been a delight to work with the Potter family in helping you do this,” Burns said.

Potter’s pastor, Ken Jackson said he enjoyed writing recommendations for Potter

“Hannah has been very active in our children’s and youth group. She is an excellent young lady who strives for nothing else but the best. She aims for the ceiling, I know (she) will go far. Elgin should be very proud of you,” Jackson said.

Also during the meeting, council reappointed Judge David Reuwer for another four-year term.

 “This is an affirmation as what you see as our restorative justice. In a nutshell … we try to hold people accountable who come before the court with the requisite punishment but then setting them on the right path,” Reuwer said.

He then thanked those who contribute to Elgin’s justice system.

“I want to give thanks to our other judge, Judge Mitchell James, for her integrity and diligence. We still have the only female judge in the county,” Ruewer said. “Second is to the police department, and thirdly to the honesty, hard work and attitude of that our madam court clerk brings to the court. The court could not operate how it does without her, the police and Judge James.”

During council briefings, Councilwoman Dana Sloan said she had spoken with Mid Carolina Credit Union Manager Pam Delk who expressed intentions of giving a $2,500 matching donation towards Potter Community Park.

Councilman Ed Smith reported the final lights were installed at the park allowing the park to be lit at night.

Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown said he is seeking to reenter mutual aid agreements with the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and Camden Police Department and announced he was attempting to bring in an expert to train town employees for active shooter training.

Rod Dooley also presented the 2015 Audit for the town of Elgin.


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