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LHS senior is district’s 1st registered apprentice

By Hannah Strong

A Lancaster High student has recently become the Lancaster County School District’s first registered apprentice.


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LHS basketball game will use metal detectors tonight

By Hannah Strong

The Lancaster County School District, in an effort to send a message that schools are safe after school hours, will have metal detectors set up for the first time at a basketball game during Lancaster High’s home game tonight.
This effort is the start of random metal-detector checks at school activities.
LCSD Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said the district has had no threats about after-school activities or for this particular game against Andrew Jackson High.


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Bus driver protects kids, takes bite from a pit bull

By Hannah Strong

A Lancaster County school bus driver was bitten by a pit bull Wednesday morning on J.B. Denton Road after the dog slipped through the closing bus doors.
The driver was able to finish her route, which picks up Lancaster High students, and was later taken to urgent care to be checked.
“She’s going to be OK,” said Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School District safety and transportation director. “She did a good job of keeping that dog away from other kids…. That was her primary goal and responsibility.”


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USCL is listed as top 2-year college in state

By Hannah Strong

A national school-ranking organization has named USC Lancaster the top two-year college in the Palmetto State, and No. 4 in the country.
Niche.com, a Pittsburgh-based company that analyzes schools nationally, gives USCL a B-plus grade in its 2018 best community colleges ranking.
“I am honored, but not surprised, that USC Lancaster would be named the top two-year campus in South Carolina,” said Dr. Walt Collins, dean of USCL. “This is a credit to our devoted and dedicated faculty and staff who work hard toward the success of our students.”


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Ends 24-year battle over funding in poor, rural districts

Court dismisses S.C. education suit

By Mark Manicone

The S.C. Supreme Court has reversed its 2014 order that the legislature address the poor quality of education in rural school districts across the state, ending a 24-year legal battle over the issue.
The 3-2 ruling Nov. 17 dismissed the lawsuit Abbeville School District v. the State of South Carolina. The 2014 ruling was criticized at the time as judicial intrusion into the General Assembly’s and governor’s responsibilities, and the high court, with two new members since the earlier decision, took that side this month.


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300 sign petition pushing DOT for sidewalk, crosswalks

Street safety at issue for IL schools

By Hannah Strong

An Indian Land Middle School parent has collected about 300 signatures on a petition pushing SCDOT to put in sidewalks and crosswalks on River Road and U.S. 521.
“I don’t want someone to get hurt or killed before they decide to put in crosswalks and sidewalks,” said Pam Houge, who started the petition Oct. 26 and got about 300 signatures in two weeks. “It shouldn’t take someone getting killed before they do something.
“I’m on a mission. I’m not going to stop until this is done.”


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Money will upgrade automotive technology program

ILHS gets renewed $10K grant

By Kayla Vaughn

Indian Land High School has received a $10,000 grant for its automotive technology program for the third year in a row.
The Real Tools for Schools grant from Ingersoll Rand has been given to the school each year since 2015 in an effort to improve the automotive vocational classes. The grant can be used to update equipment, to purchase supplies or for instructor training and curriculum.


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District’s ACT average still below state scores

By Hannah Strong

ACT test results are out for South Carolina’s class of 2018, and the Lancaster County School District average is slightly lower than the state average, much like last year’s scores.
State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman warned that the scores might not be accurate due to possible testing system failures, but local school officials said Lancaster County’s numbers are correct.


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Native American activist Dr. Will Goins dies at 57

By Mark Manicone

Dr. Will Goins, who had just begun an artist-in-residence program at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center, died Sunday in Columbia after a heart attack. He was 57.
Goins was a well-known and outspoken social activist, artist, writer, singer-songwriter and performer. He had been in Columbia attending the Native American Film Festival, which he founded there 20 years ago.
“He wanted to speak for all of the unspoken people who didn’t think they had voices,” said Elsie Goins, his mother. “He was that voice for many people….


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Steven Puckett named principal of Panhandle’s new elementary

By Hannah Strong

Steven Puckett, who got his first principal’s job when Harrisburg Elementary opened three years ago, will do a repeat performance at Lancaster County’s next new school – the Panhandle elementary that will open in fall 2018.
The Lancaster County school board voted 6-0 Tuesday night to make Puckett principal of the new facility, which doesn’t yet have a name. He will start the job Jan. 3.


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