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Education

  • Shutdown will delay $400K payments each month to local school district

    The federal shutdown will delay the Lancaster County School District’s $400,000 monthly reimbursement for the free and reduced-price lunch program.
    A one-month delay would not be a problem, school officials said Thursday. But if the shutdown – now three weeks old – extends into February, they’ll have to start dipping into their reserves to keep the program going.
    The school district could fund the meals through March or April, said Tony Walker, LCSD chief financial officer.

  • Spotlight on gliding duos

    It’s time to gather round at Lancaster High School and watch your hometown favorites boogie down in Lancaster’s own Dancing With The Stars competition.
    This year’s event is Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m., with an art auction and AJMS chorus and band performances starting at 6 p.m.
    This year’s contestants are:
    ◆ Harlene Carter and Rendell Mingo.
    ◆ Amanda Ghent and Jason Hall.
    ◆ Lisa Hallman and Bobby Parker.
    ◆ Ryan Jones and Sh’kur Francis.
    ◆ Keishea Mickles and Dr. Lee Easterwood.

  • Clinton Elementary robotics team takes Judges Award

    From release

    Clinton Elementary School’s 21st Century Royal Slayers Robotics Team won the Rising Star Judges Award at the 2018 First Lego League Tournament on Nov. 17.
    “This is a very young, determined, and focused team,” the judges said. “This team is very knowledgeable but had some challenges that they faced.  I believe in a few years, they will be a team that we all will remember.”
    The Royal Slayers competed in the qualifying tournament on Nov. 17 at Saluda Trail Middle School in Rock Hill. 

  • Creating a newspaper written by kids, for kids

    It’s a newspaper like any other, full of articles on current events, sports, science and popular culture.
    But it’s written by a bunch of kids, from kindergartners to high school seniors.
    Last week, Mookie’s Place, an afterschool childcare center in downtown Lancaster, was converted into a newsroom.
    “They’re having a ball,” said Monique Smalls, executive director of the program. “They’re loving it because they get to speak freely. They love the idea of creating something.”

  • Middle schoolers hear vets’ stories

    Veterans Day is often filled with parades, salutes and assemblies aimed at recognizing and honoring those who served in the military, but Indian Land Middle School did something different.
    ILMS brought in over 50 veterans, and asked them to share their service and life experiences with sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. There was a veteran for every classroom, and some even had two.

    Navy provided his career

  • Hugh Mobley chairs committee looking for USC’s next president

    Lancaster’s Hugh Mobley will chair the search committee to find a successor to Harris Pastides, retiring president of the University of South Carolina.
    Mobley, founder of Mobley Drugs and vice chairman of the USC Board of Trustees, joins 12 others on the search committee.
    Mobley called Pastides, who announced last month that he will retire next year after a decade in the job, a one-of-a-kind leader.

  • USCL reaching out for more partnerships with community

    From release
    USC Lancaster has formed its first Town-Gown Advisory Council, in an effort to encourage more partnerships with the community and create collaborative opportunities.

  • Lancaster teens win top honors in poultry, garden competitions

    Lancaster County teens Daniel Hilgendorf and Charis Grabbe both won top awards in statewide competitions this year for their respective expertise in poultry showmanship and gardening.
    Daniel and Charis are both participants in the 4-H program delivered by the Cooperative Extension Service, which provides opportunities for kids and young people to “learn by doing” in areas such as health, science and agriculture.
    The Lancaster County 4-H Program has served almost 2,000 youths throughout the county over the past year.

  • AJ fine arts students in musical play ‘Cinderella’

    Chloe Mungo
    For The Lancaster News

    An enchanting classic takes the stage this weekend as the Andrew Jackson High School Fine Arts Department presents “Cinderella: The Musical.”
    The talented cast includes Jurnee Ingram as Cinderella and Rhett Wilson as Prince Charming. The production is full of “dancing, singing and pageantry,” said director Katrina Bernsdorff, with choreography by Shannon Bradberry and her dance focus students.  

  • IL student took Aviation Challenge last summer

    Huntsville, Ala. – This summer, Sam Scott, 18, of Indian Land attended Aviation Challenge Mach III at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp, Space Camp Robotics, Aviation Challenge and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center.
    The week-long educational program for ages 15-18 promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.