Lugoff-Elgin High School Principal Worth Thomassonbraces himself for a splash of icy cold water as L-EHS football players and cheerleaders look on. Thomasson agreed to be "dunked" if L-EHS students raised $5000 by Thursday morning to donate to the United Way of Kershaw County. Students ended up raising $5300. "We wanted something that would get the kids involved in with a team aspect ... It kind of goes along with the United Way spirit, you can give a dollar, and that dollar goes a long way," Thomasson said. See more pictures in our Localife section.
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.
A committee of citizens interested in building a new playground in western Kershaw County reports it has already reached 7 percent of its fundraising goal in less than two months. The citizens committee met Thursday evening at Lugoff Fire-Rescue headquarters. Committee Chairperson Laurey Carpenter said the projected cost for construction is $300,000 and that $21,000 has been raised since the fundraising campaign began in June.
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.
Scott Jones, the winningest coach in the 42-year history of the Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) football program, retired as both the school's head football coach and athletic director Wednesday morning to take an assistant coaching, teaching and administrative position at Ben Lippen Christian School in Columbia.
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.
People cope with the loss of a loved one in different ways. A Lugoff woman whose 10-year-old daughter died suddenly in October 2011 following an asthma attack channeled her grief into writing a book. Melissa Stover said she always had an interest in writing, but the passing of her daughter, Carissa, inspired her to pen the children's book, "Monkeys Taste Like Chocolate."
Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS)'s Able Club will host a Race to the Press Box 5K Run/Walk event Saturday at 8 a.m. The event will benefit the L-EHS Able Club Scholarship Fund which presents a scholarship in honor of Rob Evans and Joey Dorton. Evans served as a school resource officer for several Kershaw County schools; Dorton as chair of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees. Both Evans and Dorton passed away last year and the race is aimed at honoring them and their contributions to Kershaw County schools.
Millions of mothers across the Unites States and the world were recognized Sunday for their contributions to their families and to society as a whole. But one Lugoff mother and grandmother had three extra reasons to celebrate this Mother's Day weekend. Mary Schneck had three grandchildren graduate from three separate universities, one Friday and two Saturday.
Saturday night, Lugoff-Elgin High School hosted its annual Mr. L-E contest. Eighteen students competed for the title. Winners were Mr. Congeniality, Austin Branham; 1st Runner Up, Dakota Jones; Mr. L-E 2014, Gunnar Branham; Jr. Mr. L-E 2014, Gunnar Catoe. Whitney Clendening was voted as Ms. Sweetheart.