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Education

  • AJ and IL bands finish strong in championship competitions

    Indian Land and Andrew Jackson high schools both placed in the top 10 at Saturday’s 2017 state marching band championship at Spring Valley High in Columbia.
    AJ placed sixth in the AA division, Indian Land seventh in AAA. Each school competed against 15 other bands in their class.
    Andrew Jackson also received a superior rating.
    AJ band director Marshall Woody said this year is the best the Volunteer regiment has ever had.

  • Teacher soaks in Japanese culture

    Ashley Lowrimore
    For The Lancaster News

    Indian Land High School teacher Matthew Hodge is no stranger to the Land of the Rising Sun.
    As a Japanese teacher and a former four-year resident of Osaka and Kyoto, Hodge is fluent in the language and familiar with the culture.
    Last year, he visited Japan with his wife and three daughters. This summer, Hodge had the opportunity to visit the country again with his 13-year-old daughter, Aestas.

  • AJ band grand champs at 9-school competition

    Andrew Jackson High’s band received several honors in this year’s River Bluff Swamp Classic competition on Sept. 30.

    Competing in the AA Class against eight other schools, the Volunteers were awarded first place in the music, visual, percussion and overall general effect categories. The band also walked away finishing first in their class and were named grand champions.

    AJH band director Marshall Woody said he couldn’t ask for a better group of students.

  • AME Zion youth oratory winners

    From release

    Seventeen young people, ages 12-18, participated in the annual Oratorical Expose held during September’s 98th Session of the Lancaster District AME Zion Church Conference.

    Before a standing-room only congregation at Mt. Tabor AME Zion Church, students spoke on topics such as the pros and cons of social media, reasons young people are leaving the church and suggestions to encourage them to stay, and what “#blacklivesmatter” means to them.

  • Antioch pumpkin patch full of fall fun, learning

    Indian Land Elementary School students filed off the bus Thursday into a field with hundreds of pumpkins at Antioch Baptist Church’s seventh-annual Great Pumpkin Patch.

    LeighAnn Edmondson and Tiffany Evans’ special-needs classes ran straight to the pumpkins sitting on pallets, tables and bleachers.

    Edmondson said her class has learned about the lifecycle and different sizes and colors of pumpkins.

  • Indian Land accounts for all growth in local schools

    The number of students attending Indian Land schools has increased more than 10 percent since this time last year, while the population of most of the county’s other schools has declined slightly.
    Of the county’s four high schools, only Indian Land High increased its student body from last school year.
    Indian Land’s school growth is driven mostly by the Panhandle’s two elementary schools.

  • Irma make-up day Oct. 9

    The Lancaster County School District has scheduled Oct. 9 as a make-up day for the day missed because of Hurricane Irma.
    School was canceled Sept. 11 as winds and rain from Irma passed through the Palmetto State.
    Oct. 9 was the next day students were not scheduled to be in school. It had been had been planned as a teacher workday.
    “We believe it’s important to use it as a make-up day,” said LCSD Superintendent Jonathan Phipps. “We still face the possibility of winter weather and more missed days.”

  • Library’s summer readers help ‘Build a Better World’

    Ashley Lowrimore

    For The Lancaster News

    Nearly 2,000 readers in Lancaster County – signed up to “Build a Better World” at the annual summer reading program at the Lancaster, Del Webb and Kershaw libraries. 

    Held June 1-July 28, the building-themed event included patrons of all ages who attended special events and registered to read books and win prizes.

  • School board picks 3 principals

    Lancaster County’s school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to appoint new principals at Buford High School and Harrisburg and Indian Land elementaries.
    Buford’s new principal is Michael Belk, a former assistant principal at the school. Keisha Witherspoon was named Indian Land Elementary’s principal. They will both begin their new positions July 1.
    Harrisburg’s new principal is Teryn Dalton, who has served as the school’s interim principal since November. She will start Monday.

  • Couples ready to take stage for Dancing With the Stars

    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.