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Harrisburg Elementary will be blue, gold and white Tomahawks

Board OKs choices for new school

By Reece Murphy

In an age of zero tolerance school weapons policies, is it appropriate for an elementary school to have a mascot that is itself a weapon?
This was the basic question at the center of a Lancaster County school board discussion at their Tuesday, Dec. 10, meeting over the appropriateness of the proposed Tomahawk mascot for Indian Land’s new elementary school.
The discussion came during consideration to affirm the name, school colors and mascot for the Harrisburg Road school chosen by a naming committee as part of a process that began in September.


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Bruins coach to hang up whistle

McMurray to retire from coaching

By Robert Howey

The hall of fame coaching career of Bennie “Coach Mac” McMurray is now in the books. McMurray, a 38-year coaching veteran who coached at four different schools, including his final stop at Lancaster High School, is retiring from coaching.


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Members say funding shift for future economic development would have negative impact on revenue stream

School board dislikes proposal

By Reece Murphy

 Lancaster County school board members, expressed nearly unanimous displeasure for a County Council proposal that would reduce potential school district revenue from “Project Vino” in favor of funding future economic development projects.

The reaction came during the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday evening, Oct. 15, where district officials touted increased student participation in AP courses and issued a report on the district’s move toward Common Core Standards.


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Cocky’s book mission – improve literacy

By Chloe Gould
USC School of Journalism
Rows of first-graders sat cross-legged in their elementary school’s library, chattering to kids in other classes in fits of nervous excitement.
They pulled on the laces in their sneakers and were reminded, time and time again, to keep their bottoms on the ground.
“If I see Cocky, I’m going to pee my pants,” said one student at W.B. Goodwin Elementary School in North Charleston.


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Summer classes underway at USC

University of South Carolina
The University of South Carolina’s expansion to three full semesters is underway, with classes beginning this week.
Officials say student response, particularly among juniors, has been strong to On Your Time: Summer at Carolina, a new program of summer courses offered over eight sessions that range from one to 12 weeks. Because of its flexible design, course registration for the later summer sessions is still open, allowing students to progress toward their degree and working toward the goal of graduating in four years.


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Board members hear sequestration, Partners for Youth updates

School district prepares for 'fiscal cliff'

By Reece Murphy

With no real movement in Washington, D.C., toward avoiding the year-end “fiscal cliff,” Lancaster County School District officials are preparing for the possibility of losing a significant chunk of federal funding next year.
The sequestration is a package of $109 billion in automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts set to go into effect Jan. 1 should Congress and the White House fail to reach a budget deal before then to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion.


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Five roads still closed due to flood

By Greg Summers

Five roads remained closed Thursday, Sept. 20, after more than 6 inches of rain fell on the eastern part of Lancaster County on Monday, Sept. 17.


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Help for stuttering; complex disorder devastating for children and parents

New DVD for parents at Lancaster County Library

By Lancaster County Library

Parents eagerly anticipate the moment when their child first begins to  talk,  but for some parents it is a time of anxiety because their child struggles to get words out.
As many as five percent of preschool children nationwide have repetitions and prolongations of sounds severe enough to be of concern to their parents.
A new DVD in English and Spanish, Stuttering and Your Child: Help for Parents, helps parents detect stuttering and take action toward helping their child  and is available now at Lancaster County Library.


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Schools prepare for new year

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The 2012-13 school year begins Aug. 20, and faculty and staff are preparing for their students’ return.


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District chooses prototype design for new elementary school on Harrisburg Road

IL school property a done deal

By Reece Murphy

The project to build a new elementary school in Indian Land is set to move forward in earnest with major developments announced during the Lancaster County school board meeting Tuesday, July 31.

In an update to board members, Lancaster County schools superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said the district had finalized the $1.1 million purchase of a 26.5-acre property on Harrisburg Road earlier in the day.

More big news came when Moore offered board members a first look at the prototype floor plan district officials want to build on the site.


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