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Parking changes coming for both AJ schools

By Hannah Strong

The 186 parking spots in front of Andrew Jackson High are finding a new home because a multipurpose building is moving in.
The land along U.S. 521 is being cleared to make 432 new parking spots.
Lancaster County School District is using existing school property and 2.8 acres that was purchased for the new lot.
“They’re still doing land-clearing and starting on some grading soon,” said David Small, LCSD facilities director. “It’s on schedule.”


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AJ band grand champs at 9-school competition

By Hannah Strong

Andrew Jackson High’s band received several honors in this year’s River Bluff Swamp Classic competition on Sept. 30.


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AME Zion youth oratory winners

From release


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More metal detectors at high schools

By Hannah Strong

After two high-profile safety incidents on campus, Lancaster County School District is ramping up security in schools, implementing more aggressive metal-detector screenings at all four county high schools.
The district is tripling its number of walk-through detectors.
In the past week, an Andrew Jackson High student was charged with bringing a loaded handgun to school, and a shooting threat was written on an Indian Land High bathroom wall.


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Ex-Panther: Life is all about attitude, preparation, effort

By Greg Summers

INDIAN LAND – Colin Cole knows the secret of NFL success.
The former Carolina Panthers defensive tackle should.
In a business where the average career lasts less than three seasons, Cole made a living taking on blockers and stuffing runs for 11 years.
Cole revealed that secret to the Indian Land High School Warriors football team Tuesday night at Freebird’s Family Restaurant.


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35-year teacher takes victory lap after fighting back cancer

High-fives and tears at Buford Elementary

By Hannah Strong

Teacher Laura Grimm threw her hands in the air Friday as she took a victory lap around Buford Elementary with ecstatic news – she’s in remission after an unexpected three-month journey fighting cancer.
The hallways full of administrators, students and teachers cheered as she ran through, high-fiving and hugging them along the way.
Grimm, who has taught music at BES for 35 years, beamed and shed joyful tears.
Students waved handmade signs proclaiming, “You’re a survivor!” and “You are a superwoman!”


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Antioch pumpkin patch full of fall fun, learning

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Indian Land Elementary School students filed off the bus Thursday into a field with hundreds of pumpkins at Antioch Baptist Church’s seventh-annual Great Pumpkin Patch.


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School district leaders tour building sites, plan for future

By Hannah Strong

The Lancaster County School District’s superintendent, directors and board members attended planning meetings Friday and Saturday to address construction projects, community engagement and academic advancement.
On Friday afternoon, the group rode a bus to each of the on-going construction projects throughout the county.


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Step-by-step timeline for opening of Panhandle elementary school

By Hannah Strong

A detailed schedule for the opening of a new elementary school in the Panhandle has been set by the Lancaster County School District.
The timeline allows the district to have everything in place for a “smooth opening” of the new school in fall 2018, said Superintendent Jonathan Phipps.
“We’re very excited about getting the school open to help with the growth in the northern part of our county,” Phipps said.
Construction began in the spring on the 36-acre site located on the west side of U.S. 521, just south of Rebound Road.


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Indian Land accounts for all growth in local schools

By Hannah Strong

The number of students attending Indian Land schools has increased more than 10 percent since this time last year, while the population of most of the county’s other schools has declined slightly.
Of the county’s four high schools, only Indian Land High increased its student body from last school year.
Indian Land’s school growth is driven mostly by the Panhandle’s two elementary schools.


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