Elgin Cares, a community clean up day for the town of Elgin, will be April 18. Blaney Elementary School teacher Jewelle Heriot asked Elgin Town Council to adopt Elgin Cares during its March 31 meeting.
An observer in Wateree Elementary School's hallway might notice WES students eagerly waving to their principal, Elizabeth Stehle, as she walks down the hall. Her pride in her students and faculty would also be evident as she takes time to point out student's classwork on display and the creative hallway decorations done by teachers.
S.C. Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) Director Dr. Beverly Buscemi recently visited the Kershaw County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs (KCBDSN) to speak with families about how services and care for their loved ones will be affected in the next year due to budget expansion and legislation.
Families with mentally or physically disabled loved ones face many difficulties. Expensive medical costs and personal care are just two obstacles which have to be faced.
"This is a community problem -- not just one person's problem," United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) Housing Coordinator Marie Sheheen says of homelessness.
Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) welcomed Laura Resau, author of "The Queen of Water" and novel's subject, María Virginia Farinango on Friday. L-EHS invited Resau and Farinango as part of the school's new reading initiative where teachers are asked to incorporate literature into their teaching subjects.
Melissa Emmons is now, officially, the mayor of Elgin. Emmons, who finished her second term as a town council member, took the oath of office during Elgin Town Council's meeting Tuesday night before a full house. Councilwoman Candy Silvers retook her oath of office Tuesday, while the former mayor, Brad Hanley, took the oath as a regular council member.
As winter continues, many might take for granted having a home which provides comfortable shelter from the cold.
Melissa Emmons is Elgin's new mayor, elected Tuesday as part of elections for Elgin Town Council. Emmons, who most recently served as council's mayor pro tem, received 107 votes while her opponent, Silas Silvers, received 40 votes. Former Elgin Mayor Brad Hanley received 105 votes, earning him a "regular" seat on council, and current council woman Candice "Candy" Silvers received 80 to be reelected. Silas Silvers, who also ran for a council seat, received 45 votes in that race.
January 31, 22 Lugoff-Elgin High School "Hollywood Hunks" competed for the title of Mr. L-E. Pictured (from left to right) are Mr. Hunk 2015, Javier Polo; Mr. Photogenic, Brandon Todd; Mr. L-E and recipient of the Austin Branham Mr. Congeniality award Tripp Cox; Ms. Sweetheart 2015, Savannah Harvey and Mr. L-E first runner up Da'San Ardis. Mr. Hunk was determined by audience members. The Austin Branham Mr. Congeniality award and Miss Sweetheart were determined by the contestants.
On Jan. 27, a truck pulled up to Christian Community Ministries (CCM) at the United Way's Holstein Building on DeKalb Street in Camden and unloaded enough food to stock CCM's pantry -- twice.
29 young women competed for the titles of Miss L-E and Jr. Miss L-E Saturday evening at the Lugoff-Elgin High School auditorium. The theme for the evening was "Dancing into the 1920s." The following students were awarded titles for the Jr. Miss L-E division: Gracie Hill, Jr. Miss Congeniality; Ashlynn Russo, Jr. Miss Fan Favorite, 1st Runner Up (Jr. Miss L-E); McKenlee Davis, Jr. Miss Photogenic, 2nd Runner Up (Jr. Miss L-E); Ansley Puckett, Freshman Class Queen; Savannah Harvey, Sophomore Class Queen and Jr. Miss L-E 2015 Leah Hunter.
Elgin Councilwoman Candace "Candy" Silvers is running for reelection in Elgin's Feb. 3 election for town council. Voters put Silvers on council during a special election in 2013 to replace former Councilman Norman Allen "Bubba" Ernst after his resignation. Silvers previously served on Elgin's planning and zoning commission. She said she would like the opportunity to continue to help her community through public service.
Classic collectible hotrod cars and trucks will be on display when Elgin's Potter Community Parks hosts the sixth annual Cars 2 Dreams car show March 14. The show, featuring classic vehicles from various car clubs and individuals from throughout South Carolina, is sponsored by the Jamil Shrine Temple and O'Reilly Auto Parts. Proceeds will benefit the Shrine's Children Hospital of Greenville. The 2014 show raised approximately $3,000.
The Price House Commission recently presented certificates of appreciation to various community organizations, businesses and individuals to thank them for their involvement in the commission's annual Black History Month display. The Price House Commission is dedicated to preserving Camden's African-American history and educating the community. Price House Commission Chairman Clifton H. Anderson shared with attendees that the Association for the Study of African American Life and History Executive Director Sylvia Y. Cyrus sent a letter of recognition to the commission for their work in Kershaw County.
The Upton Trio blended music and imagery to create a special performance at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County recently about the Amazon rainforest for Kershaw County School District students. Pianist Billy Shepherd, violinist Mary Lee Taylor Kinosian and cellist Dusan Vukajlovic performed "Amazon Harmony: The Breath of Life," composed by Kinosian especially for the students.
Kershaw County residents might have seen a familiar landmark on recent commercials and billboards for Discover SC, a marketing campaign from South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. During the commercial, snippets of whitewater rafting, hiking and battle reenactments are shown. The battle reenactments are from Historic Camden's Revolutionary War Site.
Johnny Deal -- former banker, "Mr. Camden" and "Mr. Facebook" -- received the United Way of Kershaw County's (UWKC) highest honor Tuesday night: the Jake Watson Award. The award honors an individual who has continued Watson's legacy of volunteer service. The annual recognition dinner took place at TenEleven Galleria.
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