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Oh, yuck! Sewer glitch earns Erwin kids day off

By Mark Manicone

Erwin Elementary School was closed for repairs Friday after a sewage backup the day before affected half the school.
Two classrooms and the teacher’s conference room actually had raw sewage on the floors.
“It really isn’t that bad. Our plumbers probably made a bigger mess trying to fix it” said school district Facilities Director David Small.


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AJ fire, Parkland prompt switch to instant emergency messages

Schools adopt text-alert system

By Mark Manicone

The Lancaster County School District has installed a new emergency alert system that can send information to parents, teachers and students instantly via text message.
“It’s very similar to what’s used on university campuses. That’s the model we’re after,” said Bryan Vaughn, the district’s safety director. “This give folks immediate info, and it’s good because I can access it anywhere… whether I’m on the side of the road, in a classroom or in the middle of a situation.


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Crook makes dance team at Limestone

Ashley Lowrimore


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Displaced students turn inconvenience into an opportunity

Mentors by chance

By Mark Manicone

A month after a fire shut down Andrew Jackson Middle School for repairs, its displaced seventh graders have taken on an unexpected role – becoming mentors to the students at Kershaw Elementary School. 


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New rules on advancing to next grade

By Mark Manicone

The Lancaster County school board has changed the requirements for high school students to advance to the next grade level, hoping to prevent anyone from finishing 12th grade without being able to graduate. 

The board voted unanimously to revert to the district’s previous policy from 13 years ago, which requires completion of certain math and English courses for a student to move to the next grade.  


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AJMS students, teachers adapt to temporary quarters after fire

Chloe Mungo


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Sidewalk plan in the works near ILMS

By Mark Manicone

Lancaster County is targeting a $112,000 grant to build sidewalks near Indian Land Middle School on River Road, a move to address student safety.
A 300-signature petition pushing the S.C. Department of Transportation to install sidewalks was given to the school district in November. Signatures were collected by concerned Indian Land Middle parent Pam Houge.
SCDOT got involved and the Lancaster County School District was on board with the petition.


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Quick change after Catawba chief objects to use of Braves symbol

New school switches to Eagles mascot

By Mark Manicone

The mascot of the new Van Wyck Elementary School will be the Eagles rather than the Braves, after the Catawba Indian Nation and other community members objected to the school board’s initial choice.
The board voted unanimously Tuesday night to change the mascot after a meeting with Catawba Chief Bill Harris and the school’s naming committee.
“[We] realized our effort to honor and pay tribute to the Catawbas would actually do the opposite,” said Superintendent Jonathan Phipps.


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AJ cleanup expands: 6 weeks, $3M

By Mark Manicone

Andrew Jackson Middle School’s plan for a two-week, $1 million fire cleanup has ballooned into perhaps six weeks and $3 million.
“The latest date we’ll reopen is the Monday after spring break, April 16,” Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said. “Of course challenges could arise that we can’t foresee, but we’re confident we can open by then.”


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2 ILHS teachers honored for mentoring

Winthrop University


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