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Education

  • More metal detectors at high schools

    After two high-profile safety incidents on campus, Lancaster County School District is ramping up security in schools, implementing more aggressive metal-detector screenings at all four county high schools.
    The district is tripling its number of walk-through detectors.
    In the past week, an Andrew Jackson High student was charged with bringing a loaded handgun to school, and a shooting threat was written on an Indian Land High bathroom wall.

  • Ex-Panther: Life is all about attitude, preparation, effort

    INDIAN LAND – Colin Cole knows the secret of NFL success.
    The former Carolina Panthers defensive tackle should.
    In a business where the average career lasts less than three seasons, Cole made a living taking on blockers and stuffing runs for 11 years.
    Cole revealed that secret to the Indian Land High School Warriors football team Tuesday night at Freebird’s Family Restaurant.

  • High-fives and tears at Buford Elementary

    Teacher Laura Grimm threw her hands in the air Friday as she took a victory lap around Buford Elementary with ecstatic news – she’s in remission after an unexpected three-month journey fighting cancer.
    The hallways full of administrators, students and teachers cheered as she ran through, high-fiving and hugging them along the way.
    Grimm, who has taught music at BES for 35 years, beamed and shed joyful tears.
    Students waved handmade signs proclaiming, “You’re a survivor!” and “You are a superwoman!”

  • School district leaders tour building sites, plan for future

    The Lancaster County School District’s superintendent, directors and board members attended planning meetings Friday and Saturday to address construction projects, community engagement and academic advancement.
    On Friday afternoon, the group rode a bus to each of the on-going construction projects throughout the county.

  • Step-by-step timeline for opening of Panhandle elementary school

    A detailed schedule for the opening of a new elementary school in the Panhandle has been set by the Lancaster County School District.
    The timeline allows the district to have everything in place for a “smooth opening” of the new school in fall 2018, said Superintendent Jonathan Phipps.
    “We’re very excited about getting the school open to help with the growth in the northern part of our county,” Phipps said.
    Construction began in the spring on the 36-acre site located on the west side of U.S. 521, just south of Rebound Road.

  • After 53 years in classroom, Mr. Davis still going strong

    At the start of his career, Lloyd Davis drew a circle on a map, showing everything within 200 miles of his hometown in Kentucky.
    It was 1964, and he was looking for his first teaching job. He found it 150 miles away in Virginia, making $4,600 a year.
    Last month at the Lancaster High School Career Center, he started his 54th year in the classroom.
    “I’m not ready to give it up,” said the 75-year-old drafting teacher. “I feel like I’ve got a few more good years in me.”

  • 5 Lancaster County students transfer to Governor’s School

    Five Lancaster County students started their junior year at the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) on Aug. 14.
    The students, part of GSSM’s class of 2019, will attend the public residential high school in Hartsville for their junior and senior years.
    Three students transferred to GSSM from Indian Land High – JuHwan Cho, Mackenzie Meadows and John Patrick Shaheen. Caroline Sizemore transferred from Lancaster High. Dejanay Williams transferred from Andrew Jackson High.

  • LHS student attends 4-H leadership conference

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    Jasmine Blair, a 16-year-old junior at Lancaster High School, attended the Pinckney 4-H Leadership Conference at Clemson University last month.
    It was a weeklong dose of fun and learning, from whitewater rafting to making shoes for Ugandans to cultivating leadership skills.

  • Dance instruction for special-needs kids

    Ashley Lowrimore 

    For The Lancaster News

    Encore Dance is now enrolling students for Dancing Without Limits, a new program designed to empower special-needs children through dance expression and movement.

    The hour-long classes begin next week and will take place weekly at Encore's Fort Mill studios on Tuesdays and at the Lancaster studios on Wednesdays.

  • Column: 2nd graders turn tables on reporter

    I park in the fire lane and pull out my equipment at Indian Land Elementary.

    There’s no rush for this story, but I’m always in a rush. It’s just my nature. I like to work quickly, but accurately.

    I walk into an elementary school – the kind of school I frequent to film my Facebook videos.

    Hauling in my posse – tripod, camera, microphone and notes – I check in at the front and get directions to the classroom.

    Second grade. The what-will-they-say-next age.