Santa received some extra help from the town of Elgin providing Christmas cheer to local children, senior citizens and families. With the help of the community, Elgin Police Department's annual Toy Round Up and Caring Hands programs were able to give approximately 100 children, 20 senior citizens and 50 families help with gifts and meals.
The Lugoff Fire Department will have the honor of escorting Santa Claus through the neighborhoods in Lugoff again this year. Santa will be escorted through different areas of the Lugoff Community each night. Lugoff Firefighters enjoy this event each year so children can have the opportunity to see the "Jolly One" before he comes on Christmas Night.
Thursday night, Elgin celebreated the start of the holiday season with the lighting of the town's Christmas tree. Pastors Ken Jackson (Hillcrest Baptist Church) and Philip Blankenship (Blaney Baptist Church) were speakers for the evening.
Elgin Town Council discussed the town's upcoming December festivities including the Catfish Stomp which got underway Thursday night with the town's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Elgin Citizen of the Year Kathy Brown lit the Christmas tree.
Kathy Brown is the 2013 Elgin Citizen of the Year. The town named Brown its citizen of the year at its Christmas Dinner held the weekend of Nov. 23. Her closest friends and family managed to keep it from her until the moment it was announced at the dinner.
During the National Fire Prevention Week last month, firefighters from the Lugoff Fire Department visited the Lugoff Schools to promote fire and life safety initiatives to children and adults. The national fire prevention campaign for 2013 is "Prevent Kitchen Fires: Get Cooking with Fire Safety." Firefighters spoke with Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First-Grade classes at Lugoff and Wateree Elementary Schools during the week.
The Elgin community gathered at Highway Pentecostal Holiness Church in Elgin Wednesday to dedicatea section of I-20 to a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office deputy killed in the line of duty in 1974. Police officers, state and local representatives and more joined members of the late Deputy Chris Potter III's family to honor him.
Radiate Church is just a little more than two years old but is already making a positive difference in its community. The church, which meets at Killian Elementary in Richland County, recently wrapped up its Cover Columbia campaign where members exceeded a goal of 200 community service hours with a total of 464 hours. Some of those hours were spent at Elgin's branch of the Kershaw County Library and Grooms Garden in Kershaw County.
The town of Elgin will honor its Citizen of the Year at Elgin's Holiday dinner on Nov. 24, recognizing the winner's significant service to the community. A selection committee is currently accepting nominations for individuals who have contributed outstanding public service to the town of Elgin and/or the Elgin Community. Nomination forms for Elgin's Citizen of the Year can be picked up and submitted at Elgin Town Hall. The deadline is Monday. Nomination forms can also be mailed to Citizen of the Year c/o The Town of Elgin, P.O. Box 277, Elgin, SC 29045.
The Blaney-Elgin Museum and Historical Society is currently selling wreaths with Wreaths Across America to place on the graves of veterans at Fort Jackson National Cemetery. A single wreath costs $15 with $5 going to the Blaney-Elgin Museum.
Elgin Town Council continues to move forward with plans to build a community picnic shelter at Potter Community Park. Councilwoman Dana Sloan, who is serving as chairwoman of the Potter Community Park Committee, reported that the committee met with a builder who suggested that the proposed location of the shelter be slightly moved to lessen potential traffic noise from U.S. 1.