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Two new candidates seek board, council seats

Eight file for school board, city council

By Hannah Strong

Eight candidates, including two challengers, filed for Lancaster County school board and Lancaster City Council before filing closed Friday at noon.
Three seats are open on both the school board and city council, with one contested race in each.
School board
Lorenzo Small will challenge incumbent Tyrom Faulkner for the District 2 seat.
Small, who is running for the first time, said he looks forward to having an opportunity to provide new insight to the school board.


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First day of school is in sight for Lancaster students

By Hannah Strong

School supplies are being purchased and floors are being waxed this week as summer comes to an end.
The first day of school for most students is Monday – sixth and ninth graders have a half day Friday – and Lancaster County schools have their goals set for the year.
Clinton Elementary School’s goal is to work with literacy and writing by embedding it into the curriculums for all classes, Principal Michelle Crosby said.


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Teachers get rowdy, launch school year

County schools celebrate Great Teaching

By Hannah Strong

Cheerful, rowdy teachers in matching outfits from all over Lancaster County kicked off the school year Tuesday morning during the annual Celebrate Great Teaching event.
After a welcome from Superintendent Gene Moore, each school had the opportunity to show their school spirit.
Erwin Elementary School won overall for their originality, costumes and 30 seconds of spirit. The Erwin staff was dressed as elves in red and green as they sang and threw fake snow in the air.


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Graduates receive Teacher Cadet, Forum scholarships

By Hannah Strong

The Ken Bower Teacher Cadet Scholarship and the Lancaster County School District Teacher Forum Scholarship were recently awarded, with one student winning both. 


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2 art teachers’ idea, a little art studio, off and running

Lancaster's art scene grows 'a little'

By Hannah Strong

Elementary art teachers Melissa Caughman and Lisa Stamper decided in January as they were walking down Lancaster’s Main Street to bring more art to town. 


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School district to pilot soft-skills training

By Hannah Strong

In a time where technology and social media tend to undermine face-to-face interactions, Lancaster County educators want to help students develop “soft skills” that haven’t traditionally been taught in the classroom.
The Lancaster County School District will be the first district in the state to use the EmployABILITY Soft Skills program, which trains students in areas like communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills.


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Buford 3rd grade teacher spends summer learning sign language

By Hannah Strong

To bridge the gap between the hearing and deaf communities, Buford Elementary School third-grade teacher Mary Anna Wilkes is spending her summer learning American Sign Language.


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Resource aims to increase literacy rate

Little Free Library comes to town

By Hannah Strong

The Little Free Library initiative has made its way to Lancaster County with hopes to increase literacy. 


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Watts to lead A.R. Rucker

By Hannah Strong

On Tuesday, the Lancaster County School District Board named Anita Watts as new principal of A.R. Rucker Middle School.
Since last fall, Kathy Richardson served as interim principal after former principal Phillip Mickles took another position in the school district.
After interviewing three candidates, superintendent Dr. Gene Moore recommended Watts for the job, which was unanimously approved (7-0) by the board, said school district spokesman David Knight.
Watts has nearly 23 years of experience in education, including 13 years at A.R. Rucker Middle.


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Applause rains down on adult-ed graduates

‘I can’t even put this into words’

By Mandy Catoe

Twenty-two adult-education students wearing different colored caps and gowns graduated Wednesday night at Lancaster High School.
They represented 22 different ways to get to their destination.
Holding up a cell phone during his speech, keynote speaker Rev. AnThony Pelham told the graduates, “Without an address, GPS is no good.”
These adult graduates definitely had this destination dialed in, and it led them through life’s backroads and detours. For some, the journey took a few months. For others, a few years.


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