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Education

  • Life-or-death moments await trainees at S.C. Fire Academy

    A small group of firefighters, already drenched in sweat from the heat outdoors, run headfirst into an even hotter burning building, wearing full turnout gear and carrying a heavy hose filled with water.
    Working together using quick, precise movements, they blast water onto the blaze, as if they’ve been doing this for years.
    But they’re 17- and 18-year-old rookie firefighting trainees, still in high school.

  • USCL is reaching out to IL this fall

    USC Lancaster is expanding to a satellite location in Indian Land, offering several courses at Indian Land High School this fall.
    “Over the years we have really worked hard to reach out to the Indian Land community,” USCL Dean Walt Collins said Thursday. “We’re just excited, very excited, to be in Indian Land and have a presence here.
    “We want to help students be successful – whatever students that come our way.”

  • ‘Overnight, his life changed’

    Deontee Patterson is one of the 330 seniors graduating from Lancaster High School this week, but he won’t be walking across the stage with his classmates at tonight’s commencement.

    Patterson, 17, got his diploma May 1 in a personal delivery from Principal Rosalyn Mood and other LHS staffers, who visited him in his room at Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte.
    Patterson has spent the past three months at Levine, fighting anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, a rare blood cancer that’s most common in young people – usually boys.

  • Adult Education graduation date incorrect

    The graduation section in Wednesday’s paper misstated the date of the Lancaster County School District’s adult education graduation ceremony and the number of grads getting diplomas. The ceremony is today, May 23, at 6 p.m. at the Barr Street Learning Center’s multi-purpose room. Thirty-five adult ed students will graduate.


  • AJ's Mr. Dependable: Semaj Digby never missed a school day

    Let’s invent the senior superlative Most Likely To Show Up When He’s Supposed To. The winner is Semaj Digby.

    The Andrew Jackson High School senior has achieved 12 years of perfect attendance, and is the only graduate in the Lancaster County School District to do so this year. 

    He has not missed one day of school since he started kindergarten at North Elementary School, moved on to A.R. Rucker Middle School and now finishes four years at AJHS. 

  • 82 USCL grads cross the finish line

    Karen Young, 71, was smiling ear to ear as she accepted her degree from USC Lancaster Dean Walt Collins on Saturday – the oldest of 82 grads to take the stage.

  • Honoring achievers, past and present

    The Lancaster County School District held its annual celebration of excellence luncheon Tuesday, inducting three new members to the Lancaster County School Hall of Honor and also recognizing more than 350 students and 44 retiring teachers.
    Thelathia Bailey, Joseph Gregory and Martha Noblitt were all inducted posthumously into the hall of fame.
    The families and friends accepted the awards for Bailey, Gregory and Noblitt during the ceremony at Second Baptist Church in Lancaster, many fighting back emotions and grateful for their loved ones’ induction.

  • Deputies respond to rumor at Rucker

    Sheriff’s deputies showed up at A.R. Rucker Middle School Friday morning in response to rumors that someone was planning a shooting at the school.
    School district Safety and Transportation Director Bryan Vaughn said the rumors sparked an investigation but turned up no evidence.

  • Top-to-bottom overhaul done, AJMS reopens for excited kids

    Nearly two months after fire blackened Andrew Jackson Middle School, students, teachers and faculty jammed the halls again Tuesday morning, delighted to be back home.
    “It’s been wonderful to be back,” said Kelly Phillips, assistant principal at AJMS. “There’s been a lot of excitement in the air. A lot of people have been commenting on how bright the school looks and how clean the walls are.”
    Steve Mann, a seventh-grade math teacher, said everyone was relieved and eager to get back to normal.

  • Chris Timmons named AJMS principal

    The Lancaster County school board Tuesday night named Chris Timmons the next principal of Andrew Jackson Middle School, which should reopen next week after extensive fire repairs.
    “I’m beside myself, to be honest,” said Timmons, who will replace the retiring Daryl Hinson at the end of the school year.
    Timmons is currently the assistant principal at Buford High School. He was the assistant principal at Buford Middle School for eight years, before being moved to the high school in September 2017.