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Irma make-up day Oct. 9

By Hannah Strong

The Lancaster County School District has scheduled Oct. 9 as a make-up day for the day missed because of Hurricane Irma.
School was canceled Sept. 11 as winds and rain from Irma passed through the Palmetto State.
Oct. 9 was the next day students were not scheduled to be in school. It had been had been planned as a teacher workday.
“We believe it’s important to use it as a make-up day,” said LCSD Superintendent Jonathan Phipps. “We still face the possibility of winter weather and more missed days.”


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Library’s summer readers help ‘Build a Better World’

Ashley Lowrimore


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5 Lancaster County students transfer to Governor’s School

By Hannah Strong

Five Lancaster County students started their junior year at the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) on Aug. 14.
The students, part of GSSM’s class of 2019, will attend the public residential high school in Hartsville for their junior and senior years.
Three students transferred to GSSM from Indian Land High – JuHwan Cho, Mackenzie Meadows and John Patrick Shaheen. Caroline Sizemore transferred from Lancaster High. Dejanay Williams transferred from Andrew Jackson High.


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Bats creeping out kids, staff at Great Falls school

Brian Garner
Landmark News Service

Chester County school officials are working to eliminate a problem with bats in the cafeteria and classroom areas at Great Falls Elementary School.
School district Chief Operations Officer Jeff Gardner talked about the efforts at a recent meeting of the Facility Advisory Committee. The bats were a problem last school year, and the district tried to deal with the creepy creatures this summer.


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LHS student attends 4-H leadership conference

Kelly Morrissette
For The Lancaster News

Jasmine Blair, a 16-year-old junior at Lancaster High School, attended the Pinckney 4-H Leadership Conference at Clemson University last month.
It was a weeklong dose of fun and learning, from whitewater rafting to making shoes for Ugandans to cultivating leadership skills.


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Dance instruction for special-needs kids

Ashley Lowrimore 

For The Lancaster News

Encore Dance is now enrolling students for Dancing Without Limits, a new program designed to empower special-needs children through dance expression and movement.

The hour-long classes begin next week and will take place weekly at Encore's Fort Mill studios on Tuesdays and at the Lancaster studios on Wednesdays.


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Column: 2nd graders turn tables on reporter

By Hannah Strong

I park in the fire lane and pull out my equipment at Indian Land Elementary.

There’s no rush for this story, but I’m always in a rush. It’s just my nature. I like to work quickly, but accurately.

I walk into an elementary school – the kind of school I frequent to film my Facebook videos.

Hauling in my posse – tripod, camera, microphone and notes – I check in at the front and get directions to the classroom.

Second grade. The what-will-they-say-next age.


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Springs House exhibit features artists who paint using tablets

‘Astounding’ electronic art

By Hannah Strong

Art created electronically on tablets was unveiled Wednesday at a public reception for the artists and community members at the Springs House in Lancaster.
The artists, pre-k students from Southside Early Childhood Center and adult clients from the Chester/Lancaster Disabilities and Special Needs center, created digital pieces using tablets and their own imaginations.


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Mickles resigns teaching job

By Hannah Strong

Phillip Mickles has resigned from his teaching position at Barr Street Learning Center.
The resignation became official after a vote during Tuesday night’s Lancaster County school board meeting.
Mickles was placed on administrative leave in April after an allegation of improper discipline of a student. The Lancaster Police Department investigated the incident and did not charge Mickles with a crime, but he was not reinstated to his job at that time.


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Expected traffic hiccups around construction sites

Smooth 1st day of school

By Hannah Strong and Kayla Vaughn

More than 12,000 students began the new academic year at the Lancaster County School District’s 22 schools on Thursday.
It was smooth sailing most of the day, except for some traffic congestion around the district’s many on-going construction projects.
“We had a little congestion at Lancaster High,” said David Knight, LCSD spokesman. “But nothing out of the ordinary for the first day of school.”


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