• Schoolkids learn local landmarks with Read Across America video

    Lancaster County students are celebrating Read Across America today by being among some of the first to watch a video about the county they call home, featuring some big names around Lancaster.
    “The county wanted to partner together to do a reading program,” said David Knight, public relations director for the county school district.

  • Big Thursday splits $40K between USCL, Clemson

    Tiger and Gamecock supporters will always be rivals, but that doesn’t keep them from teaming up for a common purpose once a year.
    On Wednesday, Big Thursday Scholarship of Lancaster presented checks for $20,000 each to the USC Lancaster Educational Foundation and Clemson University.
    “We’re are grateful to the organizers of Big Thursday of Lancaster for their work again this year in organizing such a successful fundraiser,” said USCL Dean Walt Collins.

  • Tracing activism, celebrating culture

    From release

    Native Americans’ pursuit of political, economic and civil rights will be the main focus as USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center hosts its 13th-annual Native American Studies Week in mid-March.

  • School board sets next year’s calendar

    The Lancaster County School Board unanimously approved the 2018-19 school calendar this week, with first semester not ending until after winter break.
    The board was not happy about that.
    “All we would need is five days,” said board Chairman Bobby Parker. “I wish I had said this before, but talk to your legislators – we need them here.”

  • Attendance zones finalized for Panhandle elementaries

    The Lancaster County school board has approved changes in elementary attendance zones needed to accommodate the new Van Wyck Elementary School.
    The zones split the Panhandle among Harrisburg, Indian Land and Van Wyck elementaries. The proposed zones were originally brought before the board Jan. 16.
    Students who live north of S.C. 160 to the state line are in the Harrisburg zone. Those south of 160 and north of Jim Wilson Road will attend Indian land Elementary. And those from Jim Wilson Road south to S.C. 5 will go to the new Van Wyck Elementary School.

  • New school gets a name: Van Wyck Elementary

    The new campus that opens in the Panhandle this fall will be named Van Wyck Elementary School.
    The Lancaster County school board approved the name unanimously Tuesday night. The school’s mascot will be the Braves, and its colors will match the Indian Land middle and high schools’ blue, gold and white.
    “There was one name that just stuck out overwhelmingly that people voted for, and there was no contest that the name for the school should be Van Wyck Elementary School,” said Steven Puckett, the principal of the new school.

  • Security upgrades under way

    All Lancaster County school lobbies have been reconfigured to prevent unauthorized entry, school officials said Thursday, and one-button lockdowns are in place at all Indian Land and Buford campuses.
    Lancaster and Kershaw schools are still receiving the security upgrades that are part of the $199 million bond issue approved by voters in 2016. The improvements include new classroom doors that can be secured from the inside.

  • IL high school will cost more, hold more kids

    The Lancaster County school board on Saturday voted to accept a $90.4 million construction bid for the new Indian Land High School – $10 million more than originally expected.
    The board intends to award the bid to Cleveland Construction of Charlotte after a 15-day protest period for other bidders.
    School district officials had estimated in 2016 that the construction would cost $80.9 million. The Charlotte-area’s booming construction market contributed to the higher cost, as did the district’s decision to make the building larger than planned.

  • Young women explore STEM jobs with pros who have them

    Nearly 65 professionals and female students from Lancaster County high schools met at Lineberger Construction Inc. on Jan. 25 to encourage women not to be afraid to enter male-dominated career fields.

    Sponsored by Lineberger Construction Inc. and hosted by the N.C.-based Enterprising Women Foundation, the event gave female professionals in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) positions a chance to encourage the young women about their career paths.

  • Stifling nerves, 4th grader spells ‘rupture’ to win bee

    Buford Elementary fourth grader Bryce Bridges, drafted into the county spelling bee when his school’s winner got sick, won the championship Thursday and beamed at his good fortune.
    “Rupture” was the word that’s taking Bryce to the regional spelling bee in Charlotte on Feb. 19.
    Bryce, his school’s alternate, found out Monday that he would be competing in the bee in place of the school’s winner, who was sick.
    “I was nervous,” he said after the victory. “I just don’t know how I won.”