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Kershaw stylist offers kids free school haircuts

By The Staff

A Kershaw hair stylist is offering a free haircut next week for any schoolkid who can’t afford one.
Danielle Beard, a mother of two, works at Hairworks on Hampton Street in Kershaw. She’s offering the free service to students from 5K to 12th grade from Aug. 8-12.
“Kids are so much fun,” she said Tuesday. “I really just want to help those in need.”
Beard has been cutting and styling hair for four years and says she doesn’t want anyone going to school without a haircut simply because they are unable to pay for one.


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Ease the transition from summer to school

By Julie Graham

The lazy days of summer are coming to a close in Lancaster County.
 August signals back-to-school time, when bedtimes are pushed up, alarm clocks are reset, pencils are sharpened and schools open to welcome back staff and students. For Lancaster County students, the first day is Thursday, Aug. 17.
Sixth- and ninth-graders head back Wednesday, Aug.16, for a half-day orientation.


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New traffic patterns only at LHS

By Hannah Strong

Lancaster High School is the only campus in the county that will have different traffic patterns at the opening of the school year due to construction projects.
Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School District safety and transportation director, said there is a new bus loading and unloading area at LHS.
“We’re inverting where the bus loop is and the front loop where the drop-off is,” Vaughn said. “Car traffic, at this point, will remain the same at the upper middle parking lot.”


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Tax-free weekend is Aug. 4-6

Ashley Lowrimore
For The Lancaster News

Make that list and check it twice. No, not for Santa – for tax-free back-to-school shopping during the annual S.C. Sales-Tax-Free Weekend.
Starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 6, book bags, clothing, pencils, paper and other school supplies are exempt from the 6 percent state sales tax.
The S.C. Department of Revenue estimates shoppers have saved between $2 million and $3 million during past tax holiday weekends.


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Phipps dives into hectic new job

By Hannah Strong

One of his first days on the job, Dr. Jonathan Phipps arrived at the Lancaster County School District office at 6:45 a.m.
The district’s new superintendent sat at his new desk preparing for meetings, reviewing routine paperwork, and returning e-mails and phone calls. Already, the schedule was hectic and varied.
 “You never have the same day twice,” he said.
He jotted notes in a journal to keep track of events. He’s kept one for the last 10 years.


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Construction begins on new Panhandle elementary school

By Hannah Strong

Land has been cleared and concrete blocks are going up at the site of a new elementary school in the Panhandle.


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Guidelines for schools’ free and reduced-price meals

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2017-18 registration rules for Lancaster schools

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Registration dates have been set for the 2017-18 school year.
No general school fees will be charged this year, although fees may be charged for activities such as band, driver education, clubs and yearbooks.
School insurance will not be on sale during registration.

What students new to a school must bring


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40 attend Mount Carmel’s Motivated Reading program

Keeping kids reading through summer break

By Hannah Strong

More than 40 kids attended Mount Carmel AME Zion Church’s Motivated Reading program on Tuesday.
In its fifth year, the free event targets students from kindergarten to 12th grade.
Program coordinator Tammie White said the church has always been interested in getting students to read.
“Teachers stress during the summer months that students need to read,” White said. “We’re trying to keep them motivated.”


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College Advising Corps comes to 7 high schools

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