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Online survey starts, also involves mascot, colors

Time for public input on new school’s name

By Hannah Strong

An online survey to get community input on naming the new Panhandle elementary school and picking its mascot and colors will go live Monday.


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2nd-annual fundraiser for AJ arts program

Couples ready to take stage for Dancing With the Stars

By Hannah Strong

Seven couples will take the stage at the Art’s Focus Program’s second-annual Dancing With the Stars fundraiser on Feb. 3.
This year’s featured dancers are:
• Cedric Mingo and Katherine Foo.
• Dean Faile and Ashley Shannon.
• Michael Clancy and Connie Funderburk.
• Matthew Whitaker and Jamikka Crockett.
• Delmar Patterson and Liz Joyner.
• David Platts and Katrina Bernsdorff.
• Sal Estrada and Deborah Cureton.


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Focus on the Future

Busy year of building for LCSD

By Hannah Strong

Nearly a dozen Lancaster County School District construction projects are starting or wrapping up during 2018.
The new elementary school in the Panhandle is scheduled to be complete by the beginning of July. Attendance zones and the school’s name will be decided during the first few school board meetings of the year.
Buford’s multipurpose building is set to be finished by May.
Lancaster High’s multipurpose building and new administrative addition will be complete in July. The entrance of the school will be moved to Woodland Drive.


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District prepares buses for cold snap

By Hannah Strong

Lancaster County School District is preparing for this week’s frigid weather by checking its buses early to prevent delays as students return to school Tuesday.
“The forecast calls for bitter cold with lows in the mid- teens,” said Bryan Vaughn, district safety and transportation director. “These types of low temperatures along with the long holiday break with buses not being driven have played havoc with our bus fleet in years past.”


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Kershaw to allow students to use town hall space

By Hannah Strong

The town of Kershaw has voted to allow homebound students in the Andrew Jackson schools attendance area to use the town hall break room for instruction.
Students who have been expelled from the schools will use the space at the back of town hall, which serves as the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office break room.
About five students will begin using the facility next semester.


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Hall of Fame educator, community leader dies at 92

‘Barnes was just someone who did’

By Greg Summers

T.T. Barnes was a true legend.
The no-nonsense black educator and community leader died Friday. Born in Lancaster, Barnes was 92 years old.
Barnes, who saw the best in all children, had a local reputation for getting opposing parties to talk and iron out their differences, said Lancaster County Councilwoman Charlene McGriff.
“Whenever something happened and you needed someone to bring people together, Mr. Barnes was the one who could do it. He will surely be missed,” said McGriff. 


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Process ‘smoother’ here than elsewhere

Looking back on integration

By Hannah Strong

Gloria Mackey Gordon, wearing her first-day-of-school dress and penny loafers, drove her blue Chevy to pick up three friends.
It was 1966 and Gordon was a junior.
She, Ronny Lowery, and Charles and Edgar Smith were on the way to their first day at Lancaster Senior High School.
They walked into the building and got stares. Some called them names.
They were four of 15 black students in the school. The other 822 students were white.
“We all walked in and everyone just looked at us,” Gordon said.


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School district and Kershaw to share site near bandstand

By Hannah Strong

The Lancaster County School District and the town of Kershaw have agreed to share property on North Matson Street for a car loop and parking spots, and the town says it will be a win-win.
The town announced plans to build a bandstand on the property beside Kershaw Elementary School in July. That construction will be complete by the end of January.
The elementary school will soon be in the process of moving its entrance from North Rollins Drive to North Matson Street and is in need of a car loop to keep cars from backing up on the street.


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Schools’ HR director resigns, position might be left unfilled

By Hannah Strong

The Lancaster County School District’s human resources director resigned Thursday after being on personal leave since Oct. 4, and school officials are unsure if they will fill the job.
Dr. Gwendolyn Conner, who came to the district in June 2008 as HR director, resigned Thursday.
Conner said she took the personal leave because of several unexpected deaths in her family.
“It’s been an emotional time,” she said. “That has really consumed the family.”


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Dogs sniff out marijuana in Buford High parking lot

By Hannah Strong

The school district broke out the drug dogs for a random screening at Buford High School on Tuesday, and a student was charged with having marijuana in his truck.
Jacob Marshall Smith, 17, was charged with simple possession of marijuana after drugs dogs made a pass through the school parking lot, where his truck was located. Marijuana and two small knives were found Smith’s vehicle, according to a report from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.


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