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Elgin thanks SMS students for Toy Round Up assistance

Posted: February 13, 2017 5:51 p.m.
Updated: February 14, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Stover Middle School students received a certificate of appreciation at Elgin's February Town Council meeting.

A group of 7th Grade students from Stover Middle School (SMS) were presented with an award of appreciation from the town of Elgin during February’s town council meeting. 

“I got a surprise this year when Miss Stokes called from Stover Middle School and said, ‘We want to be involved.’ …  Her 7th Grade group collected money, food and toys… This is a heartfelt thank you to all of these kids and adults who made this possible,” Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown said. 

SMS teacher Kimberly Stokes accepted the award with the students. “We were thrilled to partner with you .... I’m extremely proud of our students and community,” she said.

During council briefings, Elgin Councilman Brad Hanley asked if council would consider combining the Blaney-Elgin Museum and Elgin Community center projects.  

“The museum committee called me and I joined them at a meeting … they feel this is a town project, and don’t feel they are in the position to assume the expenses (for the museum). Now that we are planning a community center, it came up would it be feasible to join those two projects together. We’ve spent the last eight to ten years being frugal and building up our reserves, it’s about time to use it for giving back to the community maybe this is the avenue to do that.” Hanley said.

Council decided to set a workshop to further discuss the matter and to meet with the Blaney-Elgin museum committee. 

During new business, Executive Director of the Kershaw County chamber of Commerce Amy Kinard spoke to council to request use of office space to enable business owners easier access to the chamber. Kinard identified Elgin as an area of “tremendous growth.” She also stated the Chamber’s intention to hold events in Elgin to meet with business owners.

“We want to have a representative from the chamber here at every council meeting, we want to know more about what is going on and more about what might impact our business members … We are committed to serving the entire county and we see Elgin as a great opportunity to grow business, to be able to work with Elgin’s businesses and support them.” 

 

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