• Tax-free weekend is Aug. 4-6

    Ashley Lowrimore
    For The Lancaster News

    Make that list and check it twice. No, not for Santa – for tax-free back-to-school shopping during the annual S.C. Sales-Tax-Free Weekend.
    Starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 6, book bags, clothing, pencils, paper and other school supplies are exempt from the 6 percent state sales tax.
    The S.C. Department of Revenue estimates shoppers have saved between $2 million and $3 million during past tax holiday weekends.

  • Phipps dives into hectic new job

    One of his first days on the job, Dr. Jonathan Phipps arrived at the Lancaster County School District office at 6:45 a.m.
    The district’s new superintendent sat at his new desk preparing for meetings, reviewing routine paperwork, and returning e-mails and phone calls. Already, the schedule was hectic and varied.
     “You never have the same day twice,” he said.
    He jotted notes in a journal to keep track of events. He’s kept one for the last 10 years.

  • Construction begins on new Panhandle elementary school

    Land has been cleared and concrete blocks are going up at the site of a new elementary school in the Panhandle.

    Lancaster County School District Facilities Director David Small said construction is “moving along.”

    “They’re digging footings and going up with concrete blocks as they go,” Small said, noting electrical work and plumbing is also being installed underground.

  • Guidelines for schools’ free and reduced-price meals

    From release

    The Lancaster County School District has announced its policy for free and reduced-price meals for children served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Local school officials have adopted the household size and income criteria for determining eligibility starting July 1 as seen in the accompanying table.

  • 2017-18 registration rules for Lancaster schools

    From release

    Registration dates have been set for the 2017-18 school year.
    No general school fees will be charged this year, although fees may be charged for activities such as band, driver education, clubs and yearbooks.
    School insurance will not be on sale during registration.

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  • Keeping kids reading through summer break

    More than 40 kids attended Mount Carmel AME Zion Church’s Motivated Reading program on Tuesday.
    In its fifth year, the free event targets students from kindergarten to 12th grade.
    Program coordinator Tammie White said the church has always been interested in getting students to read.
    “Teachers stress during the summer months that students need to read,” White said. “We’re trying to keep them motivated.”

  • College Advising Corps comes to 7 high schools

    From release

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation on Tuesday introduced to the community seven new College Advising Corps advisers, who begin their work this fall with students in Lancaster and Chester counties.
    The national college advising program, to be piloted in Chester and Lancaster high schools, serves students and schools in 15 other states through partnerships in 600 high schools. South Carolina’s program will be the 16th in the nation, and will add seven high schools to the national CAC network.

  • Farewell party surprises Dr. Moore

    A crowd of nearly 30 people surprised Dr. Gene Moore, soon-to-be retired Lancaster County School District superintendent, with a party Tuesday evening.
    District staff and community leaders met in USC Lancaster’s Arnold Special Events Room to tell Moore goodbye after nearly 12 years as LCSD superintendent.
    Moore, who announced his retirement in January, said he was told the party was for the new superintendent, Dr. Jonathan Phipps.

  • 150 local kids learn sports skills, exercise their faith at VSO camps

    Kelly Morrissette

    For The Lancaster News

    More than 30 volunteers from local churches came together this week for Victory Sports Outreach, a summer sports camp and ministry that included 150 local children.

    It’s the program’s third successful year, spreading the messages of devotion to God and healthy living. 

  • School construction projects on schedule

    Construction is under way or expected to start soon in several parts of the county as the Lancaster County School District adds new facilities and addresses growth in Indian Land.
    “Everything’s on schedule,” said LCSD Facilities Director David Small.
    Projects currently under way are multipurpose buildings at Lancaster High and Buford High. Construction began last month on artificial turf for football fields at Andrew Jackson, Buford and Lancaster High schools.
    “The turf will be completed by the time school starts,” Small said.