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Big Thursday splits $40K between USCL, Clemson

By Greg Summers

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.


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Packed schedule for 13th-annual Native American Studies Week

Tracing activism, celebrating culture

From release


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School board sets next year’s calendar

By Mark Manicone

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.”


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Attendance zones finalized for Panhandle elementaries

By Mark Manicone

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.


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New school gets a name: Van Wyck Elementary

By Mark Manicone

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.


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County schools restrict entries, should finish upfits mid-2018

Security upgrades under way

By Kayla Vaughn

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.


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15 years of cheering comes to an end

By Hannah Strong

After 15 years as a cheerleader, Lancaster High senior Essence Frazier wore her uniform for the last time Friday night.


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Dancing with the Stars

By Hannah Strong

Seven couples hit the stage at the sold-out Dancing With the Stars competition Saturday night, raising $14,500 for Andrew Jackson Middle School’s Art Focus program.
The event was a big financial success, topping the fundraising total at last year’s inaugural Dancing With the Stars by more than 60 percent.
Taking home the technical-skills championship trophy was David Platts, science and arts instructional specialist for Lancaster County School District, and Katrina Bernsdorff, AJ High drama teacher.


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School board OKs $90.4M bid for construction project

IL high school will cost more, hold more kids

By Hannah Strong

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.


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Young women explore STEM jobs with pros who have them

By Hannah Strong

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.


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