• Alyssa Garris pushes through stroke recovery to graduate

     – Editor’s note: This is the third installment of a four-part series profiling students who have overcome the odds to earn a high school diploma in 2014.


    Laura Caskey


    As high school students are pushing towards graduation, bad things happen.

  • Online comment results in suspension

     Reece Murphy


    A Buford schools coach and teaching assistant was suspended Wednesday, April 30, after posting a Facebook comment ridiculing L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

    Rashad Cunningham has served as an assistant boys varsity baseball coach at Buford High School for five years and is employed by Buford Middle School where he monitors in-school suspensions.

  • Cybersouth

     Reece Murphy


    South Middle School sixth-grade science teacher Lisa Huss stood in front of the room asking students typical multiple-choice review questions about positive and negative charges, voltage, coils and electromagnetic induction.

    With each question the students paused to scan the page in front of them before picking an answer, and waited, squirming in their seats as their less certain classmates caught up.

  • USCL hosts book signing for Claud

     University of South Carolina Lancaster

    Medford Library at the University of South Carolina Lancaster will host author Mary Ann Medford Claud as she signs and reads from her  new novel, “The Dancin’ Man” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 4.

    A Lancaster native and daughter of WIlliam Medford, for whom the library is named, Claud now lives in Tryon, N.C., with her husband, Olin Sansbury.

  • State Education Superintendent visits Rotary

     Reece Murphy


    South Carolina Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mick Zais joined Lancaster Rotary Club members Thursday, April 10 where he lambasted the state’s “one-size-fits-all, factory line” public school system and lauded what he said was the solution, school choice.

  • Moore honored at Boy Scout banquet

     Denyse Clark


    The Palmetto Council of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Lancaster held its Golden Eagle Dinner on Tuesday, April 1, at the University of South Carolina Lancaster Bradley Arts & Sciences Building.

    The purpose for the annual event was twofold: to raise funds for scouts to attend camps and to honor a distinguished member of the community with a top-level service award in scouting.

  • Four educators chosen for local Education Hall of Fame

     Lancaster County School District

    One was a gifted band director whose bands and orchestras were known for excellence across the state and region.

    One was a principal whose work as a science teacher, guidance counselor and principal was characterized by his fairness and by his love for his students.  

  • Sims Foundation awards grants

    J. Marion Sims Foundation

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation, Inc. has made awards totaling $827,374 to 23 different community organizations in its Responsive and Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Grants programs.  

    The foundation awarded the following 16 grants in its Responsive Grants Program:

    u CareNet – $70,000 for its CareHealth Centers

  • ‘Teen Day in LA’ mixes fun with underage drinking, texting issues

    A special day of family fun and firm discussions of underage drinking is planned for Lancaster’s teen population by city leaders, educators and law enforcement. 

    “Teen Day in LA” is 4 to 9 p.m. April 5 at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center, 509 Hubbard Drive. 

  • USCL to close physical therapy clinic

    University of South Carolina Lancaster has announced it will close its Dr. W.L. McDow Physical Therapy Clinic next month though work to save the university’s other health services programs is ongoing.

    USCL’s physical therapy clinic, in operation since 2002, is one of three remaining health services programs at USCL, along with the university’s cardiopulmonary and cancer rehabilitation clinics.