A hard working group of Elgin community members is diligently working to establish Elgin's first museum. Members of the Blaney-Elgin Museum Committee have sold wreaths, hosted yard sales and even written a book to raise the money to fund the museum.
Madge Strickland, author of A Sandhills Revelation -- The History, Legacy and Legend of Blaney-Elgin, South Carolina, presented her book to the town of Elgin during town council's August meeting. Proceeds from sales of the book will go towards funding the Blaney-Elgin Museum. The Blaney-Elgin Museum and Historical Society has been in charge of trying to get the museum established.
Local Vietnam War veterans participated in a special ceremony including other Vietnam veterans from across the state hosted by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott on Aug. 2. The ceremony, held at First Baptist Church of Columbia, recognized Vietnam War veterans for their service. Gen. (ret.) James Everett Livingston served as keynote speaker.
The United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) hosted its annual Industrial Luncheon on Wednesday to gear up for this year's upcoming financial campaign. UWKC's Day of Caring on Sept. 11 will mark the official kickoff to the 2014-2015 financial campaign.
Though Christmas is five months away, charitable organizations in Kershaw County are already working to provide toys and food to families in need this Christmas. Elgin's Toy Round Up is one of those organizations. Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown, who is director of the Elgin Toy Drive, said preparing for Christmas is a year-round effort.
A report profiling homelessness in the Midlands was recently released by the United Way of the Midlands and the Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless. The report focused on poverty, homeless demographics and homeless services in the 14 counties that make up the Midlands, including Kershaw County.
Third graders from around Kershaw County recently completed the county's first summer reading program. Students came to Jackson School for six weeks for classes that helped them improve their reading skills.
Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County is constructing its 35th home for a local family. In addition, the Habitat ReStore, 1019 Broad St. in Camden, is now open on Tuesdays, helping to fund Habitat houses through the purchases of store items donated by the community.
Elgin Town Council discussed the possible sale of a former police station at 1200 Ross St. during its June meeting. Council held the meeting Monday evening instead of Tuesday night when it usually meets.
Camden City Council recognized Pat Wylie at its meeting Tuesday night for 34 years of service as conductor of the Camden Community Concert Band. Wylie, a Furman University and University of South Carolina graduate, once served as Camden Middle School's band director and is a member of the Camden Rotary Club. Wylie also conducts the Rotary Club Singers.
Elgin Town Councilwoman Melissa Emmons announced at council's meeting Tuesday that all expenses to date of the town's new Military Salute Monument have been paid for. She said total revenue for the monument stood at $4,720, and Blaney Fire Department has volunteered to install the monument's concrete and lighting.
Camden American Legion Post No. 17 will sponsor a Chicken Strip Fundraiser Dinner on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. in Blaney Baptist Church's Fellowship Hall. All proceeds from the dinner will be used to complete construction of the Elgin Military Salute Monument at Potter Community Park.
This July, the S.C. Genealogical Society (SCGS) will host a workshop featuring speakers from Kershaw County. The workshop will be held at the S.C. Department of Archives and History on July 11 and 12. Workshop attendees will learn how to effectively research their family history and genealogy.
Sunday evening, Hillcrest Baptist Church hosted a community prayer vigil for the victims and families of the June 17 shooting during a night bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Nine African-American worshippers died in what has been reported as a hate crime.