• 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.

  • ‘Domino effect’ for district’s principals

    The Lancaster County School District is swapping principals and assistant principals out left and right at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
    The school board named new principals, interim principals or assistant principals at nine schools during Tuesday night’s board meeting. The changes come after the announcement of three longtime principals’ retirements – Sherrie Wells from Buford Middle School, Joyce Crimminger at South Middle School and Jane Gaston at Erwin Elementary.

  • Head of the class

    Sixteen-year-old Grayson Sanders is extraordinary, according to her teachers, and she’s making sure everyone knows it.
    Just a sophomore at Buford High School, Grayson has been running a business, Sweet Roots Bakery, out of her home for the past few years. One of her teachers, Kendall Horne, recently decided to put Grayson’s skills to the test by asking her to help teach the baking portion of her family and consumer science class.

  • Spearman declares emergency in Sumter School District

    From release

    COLUMBIA – State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman has declared a fiscal emergency in the Sumter School District due to noncompliance with the district’s financial recovery plan.

  • Much later start time likely at new ILHS

    In addition to its gleaming new buildings and vast athletic facilities, the new Indian Land High School probably will have something else radically different from the status quo – a much later start time.
    The proposed schedule change was to be discussed at Saturday’s school board planning meeting. It would push back the start time at the new high school by 35 minutes to 9:05 a.m., a result of bus-transportation issues caused by separating the high school from the middle school.

  • Fundraising dance night exceeds all expectations

    Local celebs and Andrew Jackson students twirled their hearts out at Saturday night’s sold-out Dancing With The Stars and raised $25,000 for local arts programs – topping last year’s total by more than $10,000.
    “It was just completely overwhelming,” said Ashley Collins, the program’s executive director. “This year’s dancers were so energetic and committed to the cause, and so many people came out to support them.