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  • Lancaster County Adult Education

    There were 35 beige chairs on the Bundy Auditorium stage inside the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bradley Arts and Sciences Building on Wednesday, May 29.
    For the night, one of those chairs belonged to Monica Dye, and rightfully so. The wife and mother of two earned that coveted spot after earning her high school diploma through the Lancaster County Adult Education program. This year, 140 students completed their course work, but only 35 took part in the ceremony.

  • Lancaster High School

    There was a bit of a last-minute scramble in the past few days before Lancaster High School graduation.
    Until the final grades came in, Marcus Smyre was a clear front-runner for salutatorian; however, last week it was discovered Emily Fitzpatrick, who was ranked No. 3 in the previous grading period, had tied Smyre with a GPA of 4.895 for the No. 2 position.
    “This is the first time in my years of being here that we’ve ever had something like this happen,” said LHS school guidance counselor Eric Byrd.

  • Indian Land High School

    INDIAN LAND – It’s not that there was an absence of decorum during Indian Land High School’s graduation ceremony on Friday, May 31. There was plenty, and it was moving.
    But forget about a somber, slow “Pomp and Circumstance,” total silence during the processional and rigid adherence to staid commencement traditions under penalty of public humiliation – Indian Land High School’s class of 2013 had a last dance celebration.
    And why not? They had a lot to be happy about.

  • Carolina Christian Academy

    Each year the senior class at Carolina Christian Academy selects a theme.
    The senior class of 2013, Justin Coy, Krishna Patel and Candice Tate, chose the theme “A Walk to Remember” to lead them throughout the year. That central thought even took precedence at their graduation ceremony.
    The Rev. Gary Underwood, associate pastor at West Monroe (N.C.) Baptist Church even focused on that walk in his commencement address.

  • Buford High School

    The themes of live, laugh, love and learn were not lost on Buford High School senior class president Hunter Faile.
    Brushing away a few tears, Faile was overwhelmed by the significance of the occasion as she implored her fellow 140 graduates on Friday night to always set their sights high.
    “It has been said we must shoot for the stars because even if we miss, we’ll land on the moon,” Faile said. “We never know where life will take us.”

  • Andrew Jackson High School

    KERSHAW – Austin Parker took his classmates down memory lane – back to the first day of kindergarten when their parents shed tears and snapped plenty of pictures with their cameras.
    Fast forward more than 12 years later.
    Things haven’t changed much, except the fact that many of those photos are now taken with fancy smartphones. Those tears were as present as ever.
    Parker, salutatorian of the 2013 graduating class at Andrew Jackson High School, had a nostalgic moment during his address Friday afternoon, May 31, inside the school’s gym.

  • HOPE in Lancaster gets boost from Food Lion MVP program

    HOPE in Lancaster
    HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster, Inc. is participating in the Food Lion Community Rewards program to earn much needed funding for the non-profit Christian charity.
    “We need your help and support to maximize our fundraising effort,” said Elaine Adkins, HOPE executive director.
    The mission of the faith-based, nonprofit organization is to provide short-term emergency assistance to those in crisis. HOPE is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013.

  • Literacy network selected for new ESL program

    Lancaster County has been chosen to participate in a pilot English as a Second Language (ESL) initiative sponsored by a grant from the Dollar General Foundation.
    The initiative is spearheaded by Literacy Forward, an organization from central Texas, which aims to train local volunteer ESL instructors using the organization’s methods.
    Lancaster County is one of only three counties in the country to participate in the initiative, facilitated locally by Carolinas Literacy Network, CLN Marketing Consultant Beth Birt said.

  • See Lancaster SC earns national accreditation

    See Lancaster SC, the city of Lancaster’s marketing arm, has received a national designation as a result of its promotion and revitalization efforts.
    In April, See Lancaster was accredited as a National Main Street Program for meeting revitalization standards set by the National Main Street Center, which is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
    Each year, the National Main Street Center names Main Street programs nationwide that have used revitalization efforts to strengthen the local economy and protect historic structures.

  • Chasing the ‘ghost bird’

    Some images you never forget.
    One early morning several winters ago, seasoned biologist John Cely was quietly paddling  his  kayak down a stretch of Ceder Creek when he made out two black objects on the riverbank.
    He knew it was some kind of animal so he headed in that direction, Cely said in a 2009 ETV broadcast of "Congaree Swamp Stories."
    As he got closer, Cely said he realized it was two pigs.
    They were, I guess, what you’d call teenage pigs,” he said. “They were not adults; they weren’t babies.