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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Sales-tax holiday starts Aug. 3

    In early July, Danielle Fleck loaded her online cart with $233 worth of school supplies and clicked “Save for Later.”
    The Indian Land mother of three plans to take advantage of South Carolina’s sales-tax holiday Aug. 3-5, which includes clothing, shoes, backpacks, computers, bedding and bath towels. The items are exempt from the state’s 6 percent sales tax and any applicable local taxes.
    “It might be the time to buy a new laptop,” said Fleck, who has a knack for scoping out sales and finding the best deals.

  • New school year – new school

    Lancaster County’s public schools will open their doors to about 13,500 students Aug. 20, the first full day of school.
    Sixth-graders and freshmen in the district will get a sneak peek at their new schools Aug. 17, when they attend a half-day orientation  (8:15 a.m.-1 p.m.).
    But the real highlight for Lancaster County School District this year is the opening of the new Van Wyck Elementary School, despite major delays.
    District officials say the new school will be ready to welcome more than 600 students from the Van Wyck area this month.

  • Column: Exploring better ways to address opioid epidemic in rural America

    In today’s world, news of the opioid epidemic is all around us. The number of tragedies from overdose in our state and throughout the United States is disturbing.
    The epidemic has been justly deemed a public health emergency. Here in our own community, we have been personally affected by the crisis, whether individually or by a family member, friend or acquaintance.