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Education

  • Standing Tall

    The importance of perseverance rang true for all 74 University of South Carolina Lancaster students who participated in graduation ceremonies Saturday, April 28.

    But it was especially true for Amy Johnson, who donned her cap and gown and listened to guest speaker Dr. Leah Moody.

    For Johnson, 54, perseverance is her only option, as she’s battled cancer off and on for the last several years. 

  • Week of the Young Child all about helping children learn

    A lot has changed since the years when kindergarten was little more than ramped-up day care.

    Bolstered by pre-school programs, kindergarten these days is seen as the obligatory first step in a child’s successful education, and by extension, the rest of their lives.

    Preparing a child for the transition to school takes more than socialization and learning classroom fundamentals, especially when poverty is a factor – it takes meeting the child’s fundamental needs both at school and at home.

  • School district optimistic about upcoming budget

    While still in the works, Lancaster County School District officials say the forecast for this year’s budget is looking good.

    Tony Walker, the district’s finance director, said at the school board’s March 27 meeting the district is in good financial shape as the fiscal year draws to a close. Walker said both general fund spending and revenue are in line, or better, than expected.

    Last year’s general fund budget for day-to-day operations totaled $70.8 million.

  • Students in trouble for weapons violations

    An Andrew Jackson High School junior was arrested Friday for having a loaded handgun in his truck.
    Also on that same day, a Clinton Elementary School fifth-grader was suspended after he was caught with bullets at school.
    Dorian Drake Knight, 17, 6982 Shiloh Unity Road, was arrested March 1 at Andrew Jackson High and charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds and possession of a firearm by a person under the age of 18, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Former ILHS teacher J.R. Wilt to run for District 1 school board seat

    VAN WYCK – J.R. Wilt, 73, has announced his candidacy for the reshaped Lancaster County District 1 school board seat.
    The new District 1 includes Van Wyck, where Wilt lives.
    The seat is open as a result of redistricting, which split the Panhandle into two districts. By law, school districts must follow the same lines as County Council districts.
     Don McCorkle, current District 1 school trustee, lives in what will be the new District 7 and will continue to represent that district until his term expires in 2014.

  • Indian Land parent files civil rights complaint

    An Indian Land mother has filed a civil rights complaint against the Lancaster County School District alleging racism by school officials at Indian Land high and middle schools. 

    In a report that aired Wednesday on WBTV, Krisma Gregory, who is black, said the unfair punishments meted out by school officials in two separate incidents involving her sons were racially motivated.

  • A Little Bit O' Soul (food)

    There’s no two ways about it. If you missed this year’s second annual University of South Carolina Lancaster Soul Food Cook-Off on Wednesday, you missed out.

    The 2012 event was even bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event, drawing about 400 people to the university's Bradley Multi-purpose Room. Eager diners were welcomed by the smell of down-home cooking so thick you could almost taste it in the air.

    And all for a good cause: the USCL Emergency Textbook Fund for students in financial need.

  • Two students to compete in Poetry Out Loud contest

    Two Lancaster County students are among the 10 finalists who will compete Saturday at the annual Poetry Out Loud state competition sponsored by the S.C. Arts Commission. 

    Robert Massey of Andrew Jackson High School and Raina Hill of Buford High School advanced from classroom to school-wide to regional contests to compete for South Carolina's spot in the national finals, which will be held May 13-15 in Washington, D.C., and a shot at a $20,000 scholarship. More than 4,000 South Carolina students competed this year.

  • ‘Rachel’s Challenge’ comes to Andrew Jackson Middle

    Reece Murphy 

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    High School senior Rachel Joy Scott knew she was going to die young.

    And she did, shot to death on April 20, 1999 as she sat outside on the lawn at school eating lunch with a friend – the first victim of the tragic Columbine High School massacre.

    That Rachel had such a premonition came as no surprise to those who knew her, she’d often talked about how she just knew it, how she accepted it as fact.

  • Faris resigns as ILHS principal

    Indian Land High School Principal Kathy Faris unexpectedly announced Thursday she is giving up her position at the end of the month, a position she has held five years.
    Faris’ announcement came in a resignation letter sent to faculty and staff Thursday, a little more than a month before students return to school Aug. 15.