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Education

  • Teacher soaks in Japanese culture

    Ashley Lowrimore
    For The Lancaster News

    Indian Land High School teacher Matthew Hodge is no stranger to the Land of the Rising Sun.
    As a Japanese teacher and a former four-year resident of Osaka and Kyoto, Hodge is fluent in the language and familiar with the culture.
    Last year, he visited Japan with his wife and three daughters. This summer, Hodge had the opportunity to visit the country again with his 13-year-old daughter, Aestas.

  • Bus-driver shortage causing long delays

    The Lancaster County School District is experiencing its worst bus-driver shortage in 25 years, and the resulting double routes are causing some students to arrive home 45 minutes later than normal.
    Transportation Director Bryan Vaughn said he believes the problem stems from the split-shift schedule and the tough requirements for becoming a bus driver.
    “I don’t think the general public understands what it takes to be a bus driver,” Vaughn said.

  • Committee picks color scheme for new Panhandle elementary

    “Motherland” green, “Lasting Thoughts” blue and “Violet Crush” lavender are a few of the colors that will flow through the new elementary school in the Panhandle.
    The Lancaster County school board voted unanimously on the colors during Tuesday night’s meeting after the palette was chosen by a committee of parents, a teacher, interior designer and the school district’s architect.

  • AJ homecoming candidates double fundraising for KARE

    Andrew Jackson High’s homecoming queen nominees outdid themselves this year, raising $29,000 for Kershaw Area Community Resource Exchange (KARE).
    During halftime at Friday’s football game, the eight nominees presented a check to KARE staff for more than double the amount raised in previous years. The nonprofit provides crisis assistance, food, home repairs, a retail discount store and partnerships with local agencies.

  • McDonald Green: The school of animals

    Students weren’t the only ones riding McDonald Green Elementary’s bus 38 to school Tuesday morning.

    In one of the seats, a four-week-old kitten rode with three brothers who rescued him.

    Needless to say, it was the first time a kitten rode the bus to McDonald Green.

    Brothers Jamyjhae, 11, Ja’Ontae, 10, and Larry Ingram, 9, found the orange kitten in their yard near their pit bull, and they wanted to keep him safe.

    “You can’t let the dog eat it,” Ja’Ontae said.

  • Parking changes coming for both AJ schools

    The 186 parking spots in front of Andrew Jackson High are finding a new home because a multipurpose building is moving in.
    The land along U.S. 521 is being cleared to make 432 new parking spots.
    Lancaster County School District is using existing school property and 2.8 acres that was purchased for the new lot.
    “They’re still doing land-clearing and starting on some grading soon,” said David Small, LCSD facilities director. “It’s on schedule.”

  • AJ band grand champs at 9-school competition

    Andrew Jackson High’s band received several honors in this year’s River Bluff Swamp Classic competition on Sept. 30.

    Competing in the AA Class against eight other schools, the Volunteers were awarded first place in the music, visual, percussion and overall general effect categories. The band also walked away finishing first in their class and were named grand champions.

    AJH band director Marshall Woody said he couldn’t ask for a better group of students.

  • AME Zion youth oratory winners

    From release

    Seventeen young people, ages 12-18, participated in the annual Oratorical Expose held during September’s 98th Session of the Lancaster District AME Zion Church Conference.

    Before a standing-room only congregation at Mt. Tabor AME Zion Church, students spoke on topics such as the pros and cons of social media, reasons young people are leaving the church and suggestions to encourage them to stay, and what “#blacklivesmatter” means to them.

  • More metal detectors at high schools

    After two high-profile safety incidents on campus, Lancaster County School District is ramping up security in schools, implementing more aggressive metal-detector screenings at all four county high schools.
    The district is tripling its number of walk-through detectors.
    In the past week, an Andrew Jackson High student was charged with bringing a loaded handgun to school, and a shooting threat was written on an Indian Land High bathroom wall.

  • Ex-Panther: Life is all about attitude, preparation, effort

    INDIAN LAND – Colin Cole knows the secret of NFL success.
    The former Carolina Panthers defensive tackle should.
    In a business where the average career lasts less than three seasons, Cole made a living taking on blockers and stuffing runs for 11 years.
    Cole revealed that secret to the Indian Land High School Warriors football team Tuesday night at Freebird’s Family Restaurant.