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USCL program honors MLK Jr.’s ideal

Message of service

By Reece Murphy

University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s TRiO program honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday with a celebration of his message of service to the community.
The theme for  the event, attended by about 40 students and faculty members, was Plan+Serve=Impact.
TRiO Career/Cultural Specialist Matt Williamson said the celebration was an attempt to connect younger students with the civil rights movement.


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Unexpected days off present problems for working parents

Taking care of the kids on snow days

By Reece Murphy

While much attention has been focused on school closures due to the snow and ice event that gripped Lancaster County last week, one group of people was affected even more than students – their parents.
Faced with the loss of their daily de facto day care, many parents suddenly found themselves scrambling to make arrangements for what they were going to do with their children during the day while they were at work.
For many, like the self-employed photographer Amy Sapp of Frankly, Daisy Photography, it was a tough week.


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LHS students selling their creations from old storage room

Art Attack Gift Shop

By Reece Murphy

Sometimes you find the most pleasing surprises in the most unexpected places.
Take, for example, the Art Attack Gift Shop at Lancaster High School.
Tucked between two art classes near the end of a hallway, the shop is located in a former storage room.
Though small, the room is stuffed with an amazing range artwork.


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Local students speak out to win at event

Lancaster District AME Zion Churches
INDIAN LAND – Fifteen teens participated in the Lancaster District AMEZ Churches’ sixth annual Oratorical Exposé on Sept. 23.
The purpose of the speaking contest was to emphasize youth development in speaking publicly and to do research to improve personal skills.


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BHS senior wins annual contest

Poetry comes alive

By Jesef Williams

He’s faced with no running water, fortress-like walls and dark windows that block the sunshine.
He’s a prisoner who feels all of life’s joys and opportunities have been stripped away, yet he manages to stay positive. Through adversity, he finds himself and even discovers subtle joys amidst the pain.
This is the scenario in “Who Understands Me But Me,” a Jimmy Santiago Baca poem recited by a Lancaster County high school student at Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.


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‘Around the World’ theme provides students with global view

Growth by exposure

By Reece Murphy

INDIAN LAND – When Indian Land High School Principal Kathy Faris went looking for a program to help take her school to the next level academically, she settled on a collective theme.
Faris wanted an overarching theme that would tie together the school’s diverse curriculum across all disciplines and grade levels, and give students a deeper understanding of what they were learning.
There was a whole world of ideas out there – and, ultimately, it was literally the world that the school settled on.


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Students explore traditions from other countries

Christmas Around the World

By Reece Murphy

INDIAN LAND – It’s 8 a.m. and the children in Traci Deese’s class at Indian Land Elementary School are getting ready to go to Italy.
“Make sure you have your plane tickets, passports and suitcases,” Deese shouts above the din of excited first-graders. “You cannot go if you do not have your plane ticket.”
As the students line up to embark, suitcases in hand, Deese validates their tickets one by one, and they’re off – to a classroom just down the hall where they’ll learn everything there is to learn about Christmas in Italy.


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Students earn spots on national, state choruses

Singing success

By Jesef Williams

KERSHAW – Daniel Reeves remembers singing in the children’s choir at his church when he was only 5 years old.
Music has always been a part of his life – from elementary school to his involvement today with the chorus at Andrew Jackson High School. And now that talent will take him and a classmate to one of the country’s largest cities.


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Recognizing scholars and thanking donors

By Jesef Williams

Waxhaw native Tom Ramsey is thankful for the tuition assistance he’s received during his first year at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.
Ramsey attended Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte for two years before deciding to take his studies across the state line. He said scholarship assistance has helped as he transitions into a new academic setting.
USCL freshman Audrey Kemp is just as thankful.


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Meteorologist visits ILMS

By Jesef Williams

Katie Virtue begins each day at 3 a.m., not long after many people have just gone to sleep. She sometimes works evenings and is also on the job many holidays.
Virtue, a meteorologist for WSOC-TV in Charlotte, said her gig doesn’t have glamorous hours, though the job is fulfilling in many ways.
She shared work experiences and discussed weather trends and phenomena with students Wednesday at Indian Land Middle School.
Life of a meteorologist


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