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Special election June 18 for Ernst's seat
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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.

Also on Tuesday, Blaney Elementary School’s Wildcat Archery Team was presented an award of appreciation from the town of Elgin by Mayor Brad Hanley. The team has placed first for three consecutive years at the South Carolina NASP Tournament (Elementary Division). On March 21 the archery team won their latest tournament.

"This is a testament to their hard work, time and discipline they put into this," said the team’s coach Scott Lewis.

Stover Middle School’s archery team was also recognized by Elgin Town Council for their exceptional record. After winning first place at the State Championship, Stover’s archery team advances to Nationals to compete in May.

Mayor Hanley also presented KershawHealth’s Joseph Bruce with a proclamation honoring it’s centennial celebration and health services that KershawHealth has provided the town of Elgin.

The last recognition of the evening was for Elgin Police Department’s (EPD) Lieutenant Edmond P. Hines for receiving Officer of the Year from American Legion Post 182. Hines joined the EPD in Aug. 1997 and currently serves as a councilor and trainer to his fellow officers. Among other honors, Hines has received Officer of the Year from the EPD along with a Community Service Award from the SC Police Chief’s Association.

Mayor Hanley noted that the town of Elgin appreciated Hine’s service and example.

In other business, Dan Bismore presented a proposal to council about amending specific zoning ordinances in Elgin. The recommendations were based on a recently completed comprehensive plan for the town of Elgin

Several recommendations were presented to council including amending the definition of a shipping container and restricting certain business from being on U.S. 1. Council will hold a joint workshop with the planning commission to discuss the zoning recommendations and amendments. The workshop will be held on April 23 at 5:30 at Elgin Town Council. The meeting will be open to the public.

Elgin Town Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Elgin Town Hall, 2469 Main St. All meetings are open to the public.