• 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.

  • AJ cleanup expands: 6 weeks, $3M

    Andrew Jackson Middle School’s plan for a two-week, $1 million fire cleanup has ballooned into perhaps six weeks and $3 million.
    “The latest date we’ll reopen is the Monday after spring break, April 16,” Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said. “Of course challenges could arise that we can’t foresee, but we’re confident we can open by then.”

  • Tribute to 17 Parkland victims strains local students, teachers

    Students and teachers filed silently out of classrooms at Andrew Jackson High School at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
    Some leaned against doorways. Kids sat on the floor with their knees up to their chests, heads buried in crossed arms. The only sound was sniffling, as many, including several teachers, fought back tears.
    For 17 somber minutes, AJ mourned the 17 students and faculty shot to death Feb. 14 in Parkland, Fla.

  • No walkouts expected at local schools

    Lancaster County students today will mark the one-month anniversary of the Florida school massacre, but school officials here do not expect the “walkout” planned at many campuses across the country.
    Plans have been announced for specific in-school commemorations at Lancaster, Indian Land, Buford and Andrew Jackson high schools.

  • School-safety briefing at Buford High

    The Lancaster County School District will hold a school-safety information session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Buford High School’s library.
    The session, led by Safety Director Bryan Vaughn, is meant to show parents what has been done and what is still in the works for keeping their children safe. It is the third session sponsored by the district, with the first two at Indian Land and North Elementary schools.