• Local students attend FFA convention

    From release

    The National FFA Organization held the 91st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. in November.  FFA members from Andrew Jackson High School were among the more than 63,000 members and guest that attended this year’s annual event.

  • LCSD construction projects still on schedule despite rain

    The Lancaster County School District’s construction projects are moving ahead as scheduled, with only minor delays due to this past month’s frequent rains.
    Contractors have been working extra hours to keep the schedules on track.
    “They’re working weekends and overtime to make up for the weather days,” said LCSD Facilities Director David Small.
    At the new Indian Land High School site, rock removal has also contributed to construction delays with more rocks having to be removed than anticipated.

  • Truckload of generosity

    Brooklyn Springs Elementary was transformed into Santa’s grotto Thursday after 100 volunteers from Keller Williams Fort Mill, decked out as elves and reindeer, showed up to spread some Christmas cheer.
    This is the third year that the Texas-based real estate company has organized a Christmas event for the school. The company provided a holiday shop where children could pick two presents to give to their loved ones, in a truck parked in the school parking lot.

  • 'Is this really what adulting feels like?'

    Andrew Jackson High School students packed the school’s cafeteria and opened folders containing their new identities – glimpsing the realities and the possibilities of life away from home.
    Each student received a calculator, an occupation, a family, a monthly income and a list of financial obligations and opportunities.
    Students like Chloë Mungo soon found themselves scrambling to make ends meet amid credit card debt, student loans, housing payments, car payments and insurance premiums.

  • Clyburn, Cureton join Education Hall of Fame

    Educators, county officials, community leaders, families and friends filled the Lancaster High Multipurpose Building on Tuesday for the 2019 Celebration of Excellence Luncheon.
    Longtime colleagues reunited and shared memories at the annual event, which recognizes exceptional educators – past and present – in Lancaster County.

    The Lancaster County School District inducted two members into the county’s Education Hall of Fame – Ernie Clyburn and Dr. Deborah Cureton – and recognized 37 retiring educators and other staffers.

  • Rep. Newton earns 6th college degree

    Rep. Brandon Newton, 24, recently received his master’s degree in business administration from Winthrop University, marking the sixth college degree he’s earned over the last seven years without incurring much college debt.
    By the time he was elected to represent the 45th District in the S.C. House in 2016 – the legislature’s youngest member – he’d already racked up three associate degrees from USC Lancaster in art, business and science, and two bachelor’s degrees from USC in liberal arts and organizational leadership.

  • Upward Bound students declare college choices

    From release

    At the Upward Bound College Signing Day event April 27, 11 high school seniors from across Lancaster County announced their choices of colleges and universities to attend this fall. 
    Each senior, surrounded by family and friends, took center stage at the announcement table and publicly revealed his or her choice to an anxiously awaiting crowd in the TRiO Learning Resource Center at USC Lancaster.

  • 85 get degrees at USCL commencement

    Eighty-five USC Lancaster graduates participated in commencement ceremonies last Saturday, among more than 200 who received degrees this semester.
    Of the 85 who attended the commencement, 29 had participated in TRiO, a federally funded program that aims to help first-generation college students get into school and then graduate.

  • Teachers get loud at State House

    COLUMBIA – A sea of red swarmed the State House on Wednesday as more than 10,000 teachers made their voices heard in protest of low teacher pay, too many standardized tests and large class sizes.
    The protest was organized by thousands of teachers wearing red in support of education reform after lawmakers promised to repair the state’s public school system with an education bill introduced by House Speaker Jay Lucas. The bill addresses teacher pay, school funding and many other highly anticipated changes.

  • County schools to stay open during May 1 teacher protest

    As teachers across the state gear up for Wednesday’s protest rally at the State House, the Lancaster County School District is preparing for the impact it might have on the county.
    “I am 100 percent behind the teachers” on the issues of higher pay and smaller class sizes, Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said Friday.
    While some other school districts such as Chester County have canceled classes to accommodate the SC for Ed Rally in Columbia, Lancaster County schools will stay open, Phipps said.