Elgin Town Council voted to endorse the One-Cent Sales tax and Referendum at Tuesday's night meeting. The projects from the referendum are focused on building and updating schools in Kershaw County. Specific projects to the West Wateree area include: building new schools for Lugoff Elementary and Wateree Elementary, renovations to Stover Middle, Lugoff-Elgin High and additions to Lugoff-Elgin Middle and Doby's Mill Elementary.
Starting next month, Kershaw County fourth graders will begin the Dollar Scholars program to learn how to manage money. The program is a part of the United Way of Kershaw County's Care Council on financial stability.
On Sept. 9, the United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) hosted it's annual Day of Caring at sites around the county. Volunteers consisted of government officials, county employees, local business employees and volunteers from non profit organizations who dispersed to sites throughout the county and helped with landscaping, beautification projects, reading projects, cleaning and painting.
Elgin Town Council voted to purchase eight Christmas light decorations for Potter Community Park. The Potter Community Park committee met Aug. 25 and decided to request council to approve the purchase. The snowflake decorations will be installed on the new park lights in Potter Community Park.
Elgin Town Council continued to discuss the purchase of a business module with Nicholson Business System at Tuesday's night council meeting. The module would provide services such W2 bank reconciliation, business licenses, building permits and accounting services. Several municipalities in the state currently use the system for town business.
Kershaw County Council unanimously voted to approve a resolution for the county to spend $93,000 in partnership with Duke Energy to pave Tail Race Road, which is currently owned by the county. Duke Energy will pay approximately 1 million dollars to pave the road.
The United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) is seeking financial support from the community after having one of its transitional housing programs, New Day on Mill, defunded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The cut in funds also affected similar housing programs in Aiken and Orangeburg Counties and has affected funding of other UWKC programs.
Kershaw County Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution which would allow Kershaw County to collaborate with the South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) to collect debts from residents of Kershaw County. The vote came during council's June 28 meeting.
Although an increase in funding from Kershaw County is helping to keep a transitional housing program open, the Kershaw County Housing Authority (KCHA) is facing obstacles due to a lack of federal funding.
Miss Camden, Grace Smith and Miss Camden Teen, Cassandra Gibson will head to Columbia today to begin preliminaries for the Miss South Carolina 2016 pageant. Preliminaries will be held June 21-23 with the final Teen Competition on June 24 and the final Miss Competition on June 25.
Food for the Soul recently received a donation of $35,000 from 1st Franklin Financial to help with the shelter's operational costs. 1st Franklin Financial's Kershaw County representative, John Rice, said the company became involved with Food for the Soul after being introduced to it by Shelter Manager Jimmy Farmer.