• On school board, Parker, Dabney face opponents

    The school board election is heating up, with incumbents Janice Dabney and Chairman Bobby Parker facing challenges from two political newcomers.
    Lancaster natives Melissa Jones-Horton and John Mahaffey have filed to be on the Nov. 6 ballot – Jones-Horton for Dabney’s District 5 seat and Mahaffey against Parker in District 3.
    “I just think there needs to be a change,” Mahaffey said Thursday. “If you’re not willing to make a change, everything always stays the same. I think that we’ve got room for improvement.”

  • Local colleges gear up for new school year

    Back to school isn’t only for the 13,500 students returning to Lancaster County schools, but also for thousands of college students at USC Lancaster and York Technical College – maybe even some senior citizens taking advantage of free tuition as well.
    USCL’s first day of classes is Aug. 23. Enrollment is ongoing, and USCL is hosting fall enrollment week through Aug. 3. The last day to register or change classes is Aug. 28. School officials estimate about 1,900 students will be attending the college this year.

  • It’s time for Countdown to Kindergarten

    From release

    Get the kids ready and celebrate the developmental milestone of kindergarten. Countdown to Kindergarten is a free event that brings families, educators and community members together to support rising kindergartners as they begin their journey of learning. 

  • Healthy meals provide nutrition and energy

    Healthy, balanced meals make so much difference in how well students do in school and how healthy they are when they become adults.
    Study after study has shown how much difference a good breakfast can make on a student’s ability to focus and do well in class.
    And the staff in our school cafeterias work hard to give our students those kinds of meals – meals that taste great and provide the nutrition and energy our students need to grow strong and succeed in school every day of the school year.

  • Stay safe on and around school buses

    In just a few days, more than 6,000 students will begin boarding school buses to ride to and from Lancaster County schools. And more than 70 buses will operate in Lancaster County School District to accomplish this task.
    When the school year ends, our buses will have traveled more than 1.25 million miles during the 2018-19 school year.
    School bus travel is statistically one of the safest modes of transportation on the road. This safety record directly results from the intense training our drivers receive and the safety design of our buses.

  • Private school expects 183 students this year

    Classes at Carolina Christian Academy begin Aug. 20, the same day as Lancaster County’s public schools.
    The school, a day ministry of Fellowship Bible Church, will open its doors to about 183 students in preschool through 12th grade.

  • Don’t miss your school’s open house

    Taking children to their school’s open house or back-to-school night is one of the best ways to acclimate them to their new school setting before the first day of school, according to the National Association of School Psychologists.
    Lancaster County schools will hold the following back-to school events and open houses.

    A.R. Rucker Middle
    Eighth-graders and their parents will meet in the cafeteria at 6 p.m. Aug. 16. Eighth-graders in honor classes must attend a parent/student meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

  • Supply lists available online and in stores

    Lancaster County School District

    Supply lists for Lancaster County School District schools are now available online and in local stores.
    “We hope the lists help you avoid long lines at stores the first week of school and give you time to shop around for the best buys on supplies,” said LCSD Superintendent Jonathan Phipps.
    Lists will be available at:

    ◆ Buford – Dollar General.
    ◆ Elgin – Family Dollar.

    ◆ Heath Springs – Dollar General

  • Back to School Bash set for Aug. 11

    The children of Lancaster County will have the supplies they need for school and a pair of new shoes, thanks to the Back to School Bash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 11.
    In its second year, the event organized by local church and business leaders in the Bradley Building at the University of South Carolina Lancaster hopes to serve at least 800 children.

  • Time to start transition from summer to school

    Ashley Lowrimore
    For The Lancaster News/Carolina Gateway

    Ready or not, it’s soon time to trade in those swimsuits and beach tote bags for uniforms and lunch boxes. Though getting into back-to-school mode can be an adjustment for students and their families, proper preparation can be an important step to ensuring a satisfactory school year.