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High school junior had loaded pistol in truck; 11-year-old found with 22-caliber bullets

Students in trouble for weapons violations

By Reece Murphy

An Andrew Jackson High School junior was arrested Friday for having a loaded handgun in his truck.
Also on that same day, a Clinton Elementary School fifth-grader was suspended after he was caught with bullets at school.
Dorian Drake Knight, 17, 6982 Shiloh Unity Road, was arrested March 1 at Andrew Jackson High and charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds and possession of a firearm by a person under the age of 18, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.


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J.R. Wilt campaign

Former ILHS teacher J.R. Wilt to run for District 1 school board seat

VAN WYCK – J.R. Wilt, 73, has announced his candidacy for the reshaped Lancaster County District 1 school board seat.
The new District 1 includes Van Wyck, where Wilt lives.
The seat is open as a result of redistricting, which split the Panhandle into two districts. By law, school districts must follow the same lines as County Council districts.
 Don McCorkle, current District 1 school trustee, lives in what will be the new District 7 and will continue to represent that district until his term expires in 2014.


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Indian Land parent files civil rights complaint

By Reece Murphy

An Indian Land mother has filed a civil rights complaint against the Lancaster County School District alleging racism by school officials at Indian Land high and middle schools. 

In a report that aired Wednesday on WBTV, Krisma Gregory, who is black, said the unfair punishments meted out by school officials in two separate incidents involving her sons were racially motivated.


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Soul food cook-off another success

A Little Bit O' Soul (food)

By Reece Murphy

There’s no two ways about it. If you missed this year’s second annual University of South Carolina Lancaster Soul Food Cook-Off on Wednesday, you missed out.


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S.C. Arts Commission

Two students to compete in Poetry Out Loud contest

Two Lancaster County students are among the 10 finalists who will compete Saturday at the annual Poetry Out Loud state competition sponsored by the S.C. Arts Commission. 

Robert Massey of Andrew Jackson High School and Raina Hill of Buford High School advanced from classroom to school-wide to regional contests to compete for South Carolina's spot in the national finals, which will be held May 13-15 in Washington, D.C., and a shot at a $20,000 scholarship. More than 4,000 South Carolina students competed this year.


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Memory of Columbine victim lives on in ‘chain of kindness program’

‘Rachel’s Challenge’ comes to Andrew Jackson Middle

Reece Murphy 


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Administrator will return to classroom

Faris resigns as ILHS principal

By Reece Murphy

Indian Land High School Principal Kathy Faris unexpectedly announced Thursday she is giving up her position at the end of the month, a position she has held five years.
Faris’ announcement came in a resignation letter sent to faculty and staff Thursday, a little more than a month before students return to school Aug. 15.


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Teens win $2,000 for library

By Jane Alford

Five local teens put their heads together this spring to express why they think libraries are essential and won $2,000 for the Del Webb Library at Indian Land in a national video contest.

The group – Samantha Hoelzer, Kendall Lierz, Lewis Lindsey, Lindsey Scott, and Ryan Scott – produced a short silent film featuring Sherlock Holmes to win first runner-up in the American Library Association’s “Why I Need My Library” teen video contest.  


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Teens win $2,000 for library

By Jane Alford

Five local teens put their heads together this spring to express why they think libraries are essential and won $2,000 for the Del Webb Library at Indian Land in a national video contest.

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Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor presents award

Hegler tops USC law class

By Reece Murphy

Adam Hegler isn’t exactly what you’d call a career student, even though he’s been at it steady since he graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 2002.
No, in fact, Hegler is finally done with his higher learning – almost – and all those years of hard work and good study habits are paying off.
Not only did the 26-year-old Kershaw native graduate magna cum laude May 6 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, he did so with an estimated 3.91 grade-point average, the highest in his class.


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