• Buford 3rd grade teacher spends summer learning sign language

    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.

    Wilkes’ interest in learning sign language started at her previous job with the Head Start program at Southside Elementary School 10 years ago, where she had the opportunity to work with young children who had hearing impairments. 

  • FAFSA application date moved up

    From release
    Raleigh, N.C. – For students heading or returning to college in fall 2017, the start date for applying for federal and state financial aid has moved up to Oct. 1, 2016. In previous years, students were unable to file for financial aid until the first of the year.

  • $6 million in pledges for school initiative

    A coalition of Lancaster County partners has raised $6 million in local pledges and have applied for an equal amount in federal Promise Neighborhood grants to help kids growing up in the Clinton Elementary attendance zone.
    The application deadline, extended from the original Sept. 6 because of severe weather around the country, was Friday.
    Sharon Novinger, executive director for Lancaster County Partners for Youth, said she is excited after having completed the application. It took about two weeks to write the 80-page narrative.

  • Mobley named vice chairman of USC trustees

    Lancaster businessman Hugh Mobley has been elected vice chairman of the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees.
    Mobley, a 61-year-old Lancaster native, is a pharmacist and owner of Mobley Drugs. He has represented the 6th Judicial Circuit on the board of trustees since 2011. He was elected vice chairman Aug. 19.
    Speaking about his new role Saturday morning, Mobley compared the vice chair’s job to that of a “second-string quarterback” who might have to step in at a moment’s notice.

  • New school will keep ILHS name

    Since Lancaster County school officials first started talking about building a new high school in the Panhandle, they’ve been calling it the new Indian Land high school.
    Now they’ve made it official. The new school, 5 miles farther south on U.S. 521 than the facility it replaces, will keep the name Indian Land High School, said David Knight, the school district’s public information director.
    The elementary and high school locations have sparked a bit of talk about what should and should not be called Indian Land.

  • County below state averages on ACT scores

    South Carolina released ACT scores for all 2016 graduating classes this week, and Lancaster County students received a 17.2 average composite score, a notch below the statewide average of 18.5.
    The S.C. Department of Education said in a release Tuesday that last year’s ACT reports show much room for improvement.
    The ACT, a career and college readiness test, scores high school students on English, math, science and reading. The test is scored on a 1 to 36 point scale.

  • South end of Panhandle site for new high school

    The Lancaster County School District has agreed to pay $5.2 million for 142 acres along U.S. 521 and will build the new Indian Land high school there, according to Superintendent Gene Moore.
    The site is on the east side of 521 between Niven Road and Witherspoon Trail, across the highway from Steele Hill AME Zion Church and just north of the Millstone Creek subdivision. It is nearly 5 miles south of Indian Land High School.
    The entire tract is made up of four properties totaling 141.85 acres, and the contracted price is $5,269,900.

  • IL elementary school site plan unveiled

    The site plan for a new elementary school in Indian Land was presented to Lancaster County school board members during Tuesday night’s meeting.
    Architect Jimmy Wilhide of Moseley Architects explained details of the plan, which is the same as Harrisburg Elementary School with minor changes.
    Amid many of the district’s upcoming projects, construction for the elementary school will start at the beginning of 2017, public information director David Knight said. The district plans to open the school in fall 2018, Knight said, with a capacity of 970 students.

  • Column: Community of faculty, students convenes for USCL’s 58th year

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster will launch its 58th academic year Aug. 18, and our students and faculty are converging on campus this week excited about the intellectual journey ahead for all of us.
    Many Lancaster faculty members spent an interesting summer focused on scholarship, research and service on our campus, across our community and nation, even around the world.

  • Sneak peek at school

    Incoming freshman and sixth-grade orientations were held countywide Friday to give students a chance to walk through their schedules, learn to open their lockers and even how to show their spirit at pep rallies.
    Sixth grade
    At South Middle School, nearly 200 students wore their new red, white and navy school uniforms and learned their way around the spread-out buildings.
    South Middle Principal Joyce Crimminger’s goal for orientation was to see a smile on all the students’ faces at the end of the day.