A special election resolution was passed to fill Norman Ernst's vacated seat at Tuesday night's Elgin Town Council meeting. Candidate applications will be accepted beginning today at noon at the Kershaw County voter registration office, until noon on April 19. Candidates will also have to electronically submit a statement of economic interest through the State Ethics Commission. The special election will be held on June 18 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Elgin Town Hall.
Norman Allen "Bubba" Ernst tendered his resignation from Elgin Town Council Friday after being arrested Tuesday on criminal domestic violence charges. Elgin Mayor Brad Hanely said he received Ernst's letter Friday afternoon. The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and the Elgin Police Department (EPD) charged Ernst with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. The charges stem from a series of incidents that took place Saturday and Sunday both in and outside the town of Elgin.
Dana Sloan and Ed Smith Jr. took their oaths of office, sworn in to Elgin Town Council by Mayor Brad Hanley during council's meeting Tuesday night. This is the first time that two women, Sloan and Councilwoman Melissa Emmons, are serving on council simultaneously.
The Lugoff-Elgin Water Authority (L-EWA) board unanimously approved a $150,192 repair project at the authority's water treatment plant during its meeting Thursday. The project calls for improvements to a leaking clearwell tank, which would involve repairs of pits and holes, sandblasting, and recoating the tank inside and out.
Ed Smith and Dana Sloan are the newest members of Elgin Town Council following an election Tuesday. Smith automatically won his seat, recently vacated by Larry Risvold, by virtue of being the only person officially on the ballot. Sloan, who missed the official candidate registration period, ran as a write-in candidate for the seat most recently held by Roger Ross, who decided not to seek reelection.
With only two months remaining in his term, Elgin Town Councilman Larry Risvold has resigned. Risvold did so by sending a letter to Mayor Brad Hanley which the mayor read to other members of council at their meeting Jan. 8.
Santa arrives on Lugoff Fire Department Engine 10 during the Lights of Lugoff parade Dec. 8. According to the official Lights of Lugoff website, the following floats and performances won outstanding entry awards: Best Overall Professional Float, Fitness Zone; Best Overall Non-Professional Float, Dance Extraordinaire; Frank Rabon Spirit Award, Friendship Baptist Church; Best Use of Lights, Lugoff House of Pizza; Best School Entry, L-E Singers; Best Church Entry, Wildwood Worship Center; Best Civic Group Entry, Grand Marshall Optimist; Best Overall Entry, Sandhill Heights Baptist Church; Optimists Choice Award, Cub Scout/Boy Scout Ventures, Troop 316; and Performance Award, Carolina Elite ...
The Lugoff-Elgin Water Authority (L-EWA) Board unanimously voted Dec. 6 to give L-EWA General Manager Mike Hancock the authority to arrange the details of paying off two bonds totaling approximately $2.9 million. Hancock said the bonds would not be eligible for repayment until May 2013, but noted the L-EWA needed to approve the proposal in order to begin preliminary work.
The Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) will have the honor of escorting Santa Claus through the neighborhoods of Lugoff this year. The LFD will escort Santa through different areas of the Lugoff Community each night, today and Tuesday, and Thursday and Friday. Several Lugoff residents asked that this event return to the community so children can have the opportunity to see the "Jolly One" before he comes on Christmas Night.
The town of Elgin's latest audit came back with an unqualified opinion, meaning auditors had no reservations in reviewing the town's finances. A representative from the certified public accounting firm of Dooley and Company LLC presented the audit at Tuesday's Elgin Town Council meeting.
The fifth annual "Lights of Lugoff" Christmas parade will begin Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on U.S. 1 in Lugoff. The 2012 parade is sponsored by the Lugoff Optimist Club and local businesses. The parade route will begin at the BP Station in Lugoff, travel down U.S. 1 South, and then turn right on to S.C. 34 (Ridgeway Road). All spectators are asked to remain around U.S. 1 for the parade.
The Catfish Stomp returns to Elgin Saturday, marking 37 years since the first festival in 1975. Former Elgin Mayor Pete James recalled its inception as a concerted community effort, just as it is today.
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.