36th Annual Elgin Catfish Stomp

It’s that time of year again, now that the holiday season is in full swing, the parade season kicks off this weekend.? The 36th Annual Elgin Catfish Stomp starts on Thursday with the Carnival opening and Friday night will be the Catfish Stomp Pagaent and Saturday will be the parade.? There are many other activities planned and Saturday will have a full schedule w/the parade starting @ 10:00, live entertainment, vendors, car show and of course, catfish stew and friend catfish-all located at the corner of Green Hill Rd. and Hwy. #1, behind Jimmy’s Mart.? I look forward to seeing everyone and I hope you and your loved ones have a blessed holiday season.

The Holiday Season is Here

It’s that time of year again, we will gather with our families next week to feast and enjoy Thanksgiving.? I always look forward to this time of year because I love spending time with my family and getting to see those that come to visit.? I wish everyone safe travels as they go to be with their loved ones and hope you enjoy your time with them.? I’m sure you’re all waiting patiently for the sales for Black Friday-I encourage you as you go out to make your purchases and take the time to enjoy a meal between your outings, to do as much as you can locally.? Please remember to support our local businesses as much as possible!? Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays to each of you and Go Gamecocks!!

Rest in Peace Mrs. Mamie

On behalf of myself and the Town of Elgin, I would like to extend my sympathy to the family of Mamie Pierce.? For those of you who did not have the opportunity to know this woman, I am sorry, for there will never be another like her.? I was fortunate to grow up around her and learned very quickly that she was one tough cookie.? She had a heart of gold and a smile that could melt the?snow off a mountaintop-she loved all that took the time to get to know her.? She and her husband, Mr. Curtis, have left lasting prints on the Town of Elgin-they were the perfect examples of how to love and serve your community!? This graceful woman loved her family and loved life and lived it to the fullest.? I thank you?Mrs. Mamie for all that you have taught myself and so many? and may God bless your family as they face tomorrow without you.? Heaven has a new angel and I have no doubt she’s already telling them how it needs to be done-we will miss you?Mamie Lou, but will never forget you!


November 1, 2011- Minutes

The monthly meeting of the Elgin Town Council was held Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Elgin Town Hall with Mayor Brad Hanley presiding. Councilman Ross was absent. Invocation by Melissa Emmons and Pledge of Allegiance led by Larry Risvold followed.

Motion to approve the October minutes by Larry Risvold, 2nd by Melissa Emmons. Unanimous vote.

Mayor Hanley noted the two new business licenses: Palmetto Properties & Construction (Temporary) and RAS Contracting LLC

Financial Info: Mayor Hanley noted that the Local Option sales tax was more than last year, but less than budgeted, and that Police fines showed a net for October of $3,116.

2nd Reading ? Ordinance 152 (Amended). Motion to adopt the 2nd reading by Norman Ernst, 2nd by Melissa Emmons. Unanimous vote.

Chief Harold Brown (Elgin PD) presented an award of merit to Officer Doug Barton. He had noticed at fire at a residence in Windy Hills on Aug. 5th, and put the fire out before it spread, before the Fire Dept got there. The residents of this home (Mr. & Mrs. Bell) were in attendance to thank Officer Barton. Mayor Hanley presented Officer Barton with a plaque from the Town in recognition. Mr. & Mrs. Bell gave Officer Barton a cake as a Thank You from their family.

Chief Brown also presented the 2011-2011 Victim Advocate Budget for council?s approval. Larry Risvold motioned to accept the budget, 2nd by Norman Ernst. Unanimous vote.

Chief Brown suggested to Council that Pine Street become a ?right turn only? street onto Main Street between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. He also suggested that on Hwy 1 at Pine Street be changed to allow a left turn lane ? right side of road already has pavement extended for the through traffic. He suggested that the Highway Department check into these two suggestions.

Appointments ? Melissa Emmons recommended that Tabitha Kernan be appointed to the Planning and Zoning Committee. Other nominees for this committee and the Zoning Board of Appeals will be taken at the next council meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

Judy Darby-Buchanan
Town Clerk

36th Annual Elgin Catfish Stomp

Parade Entry Form

Cook Off Entry Form

Arts/Crafts Application

The 36th Annual Elgin Catfish Stomp will be held the 1st weekend in December.? I have attached several forms that should be helpful if you would like to register for a particular event.




Agenda – November 1, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
7:00 p.m.

Call to Order

Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance

October minutes

Business License: Palmetto Properties & Construction (Temporary)
RAS Contracting LLC

Financial Information

2nd Reading ? Ordinance 152 (Amended)

Chief Brown ? road conditions, Victim Advocate Budget, Award presentation

Mayor ? appointments ? 4 year term on Zoning Board of Appeals, & 2 ? Zoning Board members

Old Business

Public Forum

Blaney Elementary School

The kids at Blaney Elementary School need your help to win a Power a Bright Future Grant that will be used to install a half mile walking path with 8-10 workout stations.? Voting begins today and runs until December-it’s simple, you can vote online by logging onto www.powerabrightfuture.com, search for Blaney Elementary School, vote one time every day and spread the word.? Please join me as I take a moment out of each day to cast a vote that will help our kids by winning a Power A Bright Future Grant from Clorox.

What a Week

This has been one of those weeks that I’m thankful to see come to an end and I welcome the weekend with open arms.? I was reminded this week through several situations that life is never a certainity, it is a wonderful gift and one that we should never take for granted.? Take a moment and let your family and loved ones know how much you love and appreciate them because we never know when our maker will be calling us home.

Enjoyed an insightful meeting tonight about our upcoming “Catfish Stomp Festival”.? The organizers have a wonderful event planned and some new events this year along with our normal customary ones.? One that I am looking forward to and would like to encourage others to think about participating in is the “Cookoff” that will take place on Saturday, December 3rd.? This is going to be a great opportunity for those great cooks out there to compete with fried or stewed catfish to see who is the king when it comes to preparing catfish.? If interested, stop by Elgin Town Hall and pick up an information/Entry form and let’s put that great recipe to the test!? I will talk more about this event as the time draws near.? I am just tickled to death about all that is in store for this event and I’m thinking that this has the chance of going down in history as on of the best!

Have a great weekend, spend time with you loved ones-I myself will be enjoying all that North Myrtle Beach has to offer and my family and I will be taking a much needed getaway.

God Bless,

Melissa Emmons

Mayor Pro Tem

A New Direction For Elgin

This is all new territory for me as I’m sure it will be for many others.? My youngest daughter was impressed that I am using new programs and trying new things such as blogging.? I’m sure I will bore someone to death, but I hope I can make just one person’s day by saying something witty.? I promise not to be long winded and will stick to topics that are of interest to most.? My topic today is volunteering and serving.? We have several positions available for our Planning and Zoning Commission and Zoning Appeals Board.? I’m hoping there’s someone reading this that may want to do a little research and check to see if this is something they might enjoy.? If so, please do not desitate to let me or the Mayor or other Council Members know and we will fix you up.? I encourage everyone to get informed and when the opportunity is there, get involved.? I’ve taken up enough of your time tonight-hope you’ll come again tomorrow.? Let’s talk Elgin up and start some shaking and some moving and see what happens next.

Melissa Emmons

Mayor Pro Tem

Halloween Night Trick-or-Treating 2011

A message from Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown

With Halloween right around the corner, many children and parents are beginning to plan costumes, decorations, and activities. Parents and children also need to begin thinking about trick-or-treating. The Elgin Police Department will have additional patrol units doing added safety patrols Monday, October 31, 2011 until 9:00 p.m. We encourage parents with younger children to finish up their trick-or-treating by dark. Those individuals who decide to stay out after dark, we encourage you to take the necessary precautions to make sure you are visible to motorists and homeowners.


We ask motorists to keep in mind just because you see the person trick-or-treating does not mean they see you. Use caution when passing trick-or-treaters and be mindful of children walking into roadways and on the side of streets.


We ask homeowners to clearly illustrate whether or not your house is open to trick-or-treaters. If residents are encouraging trick-or-treaters, please make sure your outside lights are on. Outside lights will help illuminate the correct path to the door providing safety to children and parents and indicate if you would like people to trick-or-treat at your house. If you would not like individuals coming to your door, please turn off porch lights to indicate you are not participating in trick-or-treating.?


We ask parents to finish up trick-or-treating with younger children by dark. Please make sure your child?s costume will be visible at night if he/she stays out past dark. Encourage your children to use the designated pathways at each house to respect the property of that individual. If you will not be accompanying your child trick-or-treating, make sure you are aware where they will be trick-or-treating and have a way to contact them when needed.


We ask trick-or-treaters to be mindful of their surroundings. Make sure you are careful around roadways and look out for motorists. Please respect individual?s yards and property. Remember it is not a race from one house to the next so use caution and avoid running through yards and landscaping. If trick-or-treating with an adult, make sure you stay with that person and do not run ahead. If trick-or-treating without an adult, make sure your parent knows where you will be trick-or-treating and has a way to contact you.

(Major portions re-printed from the City of Camden blog, with changes made for Elgin.)