• Sociology prof Susan Cruise USCL’s Teacher of the Year

    Dr. Susan Cruise, an assistant professor of sociology, was named the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Teacher of the Year on Thursday during the college’s first Celebration of Research and Productive Scholarship Day.  

  • Snakes Alive!

    Seventh-grader Yasir Speaks stands stock still as his classmates watch, mouths agape, from the bleachers in the Indian Land Middle School gym.
    Herpetologist Ron Cromer approaches him with a black snake wrapped around his wrist.
    Yasir follows Cromer’s instructions and holds his arms out, an uncertain grin on his face. He’s about to do something most of his classmates never have: hold a snake as long as he is tall.

  • Spearman wows the crowd at Heath Springs Elementary

    Spotlighting statewide arts education programs and setting expectations high for students are just some of the items on S.C. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman’s bucket list.  
    Speaking to hundreds of educators inside Heath Springs Elementary School’s auditorium Tuesday, Spearman touched on those issues as part of the statewide Arts in Basic Curriculum meeting.

  • School bond aims to address overcrowding

    Will mobile classrooms packed full of students soon become the norm at some of Lancaster County’s most crowded schools?
    It’s a possibility that scares many local school district officials and residents, and is driving the effort to pass a $199 million school bond referendum during a special election next Tuesday, March 22.

  • Teacher’s Adele parody raises cash for her class

    Kali Cassidy
    For The Lancaster News

    Ask Heather Padilla how she rates her singing on a scale from one to 10, and she says, “Probably a four.” Then she laughs.
    So why would this Lancaster High School math teacher unleash her voice on the Internet? Why would she record new lyrics for Adele’s “Hello” and post it for the world to experience?
    For Padilla, it was a no-brainer. Her students were in need.

  • School board approves bond referendum resolution

    Lancaster County school board members voted unanimously Dec. 15 to approve a resolution calling for a referendum on a $199 million bond issue for capital projects at county schools.
    Lancaster County voters will decide the fate of the proposed bond issue March 22.
    The school board’s vote is the latest in an effort that began in late September to address a growing need for new schools in Indian Land and capital needs at other county schools.

  • ILHS athlete airlifted to CMC

    A 14-year-old Indian Land High School varsity baseball player is recovering in a Charlotte hospital after he was struck in the head by a ball and lost consciousness during an evening practice Dec. 9.
    The student, whose name is not being released by school officials, was running the bases at the school about 5 p.m. Wednesday when he was hit, said Lancaster County School District safety director Bryan Vaughn.

  • School building projects to total $199M

    After reviewing a plethora of school needs across Lancaster County, school district officials settled this week on $199 million as the amount of a proposed capital projects bond.
    The largest items on the bond list are two new schools in Indian Land – a high school and an elementary – though the list also includes numerous projects for schools throughout the county.
    Details about the projects, and a final bond amount to eventually present to voters, were revealed during a special Lancaster County school board meeting Dec. 8.

  • Bridges put her heart into teaching kids how to read

    INDIAN LAND – Family and friends remember Patty Bridges as a loving matriarch, thoughtful friend, engaged church member and longtime Indian Land Elementary School teacher who put her heart into teaching children how to read.
    Bridges retired in May after 20 years of classroom teaching, celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary with her husband, Ross, on Sept. 6, and was making plans to move to the North Carolina coast near family. As a “Gram,” she took great joy in her grandchildren, Boyd, 8, and Emeson, 6.

  • Serving up safety

    When most people think about earning a perfect score, their minds immediately turn to student report cards or SAT results, but what about when it involves a school’s food handling procedures?
    For cafeteria workers at 17 schools throughout the Lancaster County School District, a perfect score is exactly what they earned during a recent series of cafeteria and kitchen inspections by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).