Education

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis backs Gov. McMaster in handling of USC president hire

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis supports Gov. Henry McMaster in his handling of the search for the University of South Carolina’s next president. “The governor is doing the right thing,” said Loftis at a West Metro Rotary Club meeting in West Columbia, Friday. McMaster called in the University of South Carolina’s board of trustees presumably to cast a vote, Friday morning,…

Sights, sounds of outer space on display during SC State Museum’s Space Week

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Chapin High School student wins first place in national HOSA competition

Ella Bishop with her award. Photo provided. Ella Bishop, a biomedical science student at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (CATE Center) and also a student at Chapin High School, recently won first place at the HOSA-Future Health Professionals national competition in the area of Health Care Photography. She received the award in Orlando at the HOSA International Leadership Conference….

Local teens to represent Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in D.C.

Kate Hanchon and William Wimberly. Photo courtesy of Susie Wimberly. Summer vacation is in full swing and Independence Day is almost upon us, but for two South Carolina teens, the focus is on something much more important than taking a break. Kate Hanchon and William Wimberly, both 14, will represent South Carolina at the JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress July 8-10…

Lexington School District One approves $295 million budget for 2019-20

Lexington School District One Board members are: Cynthia S. Smith- Anne Marie Green- Dr. Brent M. Powers- Michael E. Anderson- Jada B. Garris- Dr. R. Kyle Guyton- Timothy F. Oswald Release from Mary Beth Hill- Lexington One Communications Director Lexington County School District One administrators presented a third reading of the district’s 2019–2020 general fund operating budget at a public…

Lexington-Richland Five to hold additional enrollment freeze lottery opportunity

Lexington-Richland District Five representatives announced an additional lottery selection process for available seats at Chapin Elementary and Lake Murray Elementary will be held for the upcoming school year. The district offered a previous lottery opportunity in May to students reassigned to other schools, due to Phase I and Phase II of the enrollment freeze. The freeze was enacted at Chapin…

Lexington 2 School District passes $84.3 million budget, includes millage increase

Lexington Two School Board Lexington County School District Two approved a 4.26 percent millage increase when the school board passed its $84.3 million budget, Thursday night. The $756,703 increase will go to fund the addition of four middle and high school teachers; elementary and middle school library improvements; three mental health care professionals; teacher salary increases for 23 years experience;…

Lexington High students create 3D artwork to match kindergartner’s drawings

Monster_1 Show Caption Hide Caption Student_Making_Monster Show Caption Hide Caption artwork 1 Show Caption Hide Caption NAHS student creating 3D monster. Photos provided. Lexington District One representatives revealed a special “monster-ous” project a few students recently finished to celebrate the end of the school year. Students in Lexington High School’s National Art Honor Society took monster drawings created by students…

Kindergarten registration open for Lexington-Richland Five schools

Registration for five-year-old kindergarten is currently available for parents and guardians in Lexington-Richland School District Five. To register for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year, children must be five years old on or before September 1,2019. If that requirement is met, parents and guardians should bring their child’s legal birth certificate, a current South Carolina Certificate of Immunization or a South…

Lexington-Richland Five to implement clear bag policy for all sporting events

Chapin High School football game, student section. GoFlashWin photo. Representatives from Lexington-Richland School District Five announced they will be implementing a clear bag requirement at all sporting events, beginning in the fall. The new policy was detailed at the June 10 school board meeting, and will be added to a list of safety measures that were implemented last fall, and…

Richland Library no longer charging overdue fines

Richland Library in Old Shandon, Cola Daily file photo. Richland Library representatives announced that the library will officially be going “fine free” beginning Thursday at all 12 locations. “When it comes to returning library materials on time, sometimes life gets in the way. Richland Library is cognizant of that issue among our customers, so starting June 12, 2019, we’re eliminating…

Westwood High student wins Blythewood Chamber scholarship

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AC Flora grad wins scholarship after five years of volunteering at VA hospital

Daniel 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Daniel 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Daniel 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Daniel Finney, scholarship recipient. Chris Timmers photos. Daniel Matthew Harper Finney, a recent AC Flora graduate, has been named the winner of the James H. Parke Memorial Fund Summer Youth Scholarship award. Working as a volunteer for the last five years at…

Lexington-Richland Five elementary school named first “green ribbon” school in state

Photo provided. Dutch Fork Elementary School’s Academy of Environmental Studies has just become the first school in the state to be named a Green Ribbon School. The Lexington Richland Five school is one of 35 across the nation selected as the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools awardees. According to a release from the district, recipients of the…

Airport High School’s Maddie Haag is “Amazing,” receives special scholarship

Maddie Haag Maddie Haag is not only a special needs student, she is special. Maddie, who has Down syndrome, was chosen Ms Amazing at Airport High School’s Miss Aquila pageant. And she finished First Runner Up in last year’s AHS Homecoming Queen voting. Friday, Maddie received a scholarship from the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club. She is enrolling at Winthrop University…

Active shooter vests being donated to every SC school district, announced Gov. McMaster, Sheriff Lott

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“Cosmically cool” exhibits to debut this summer at State Museum

SCSM photo. South Carolina State Museum representatives announced their new exhibits opening this summer, and they are “out of this world.” Kicking off what the museum dubs its “Cosmically Cool Summer” is the premiere of a new 4D movie. Fly Me to the Moon 4D will include wind gusts, seat vibrations, feet ticklers and more. Guests will be treated to…

Parents oppose plan to build cell tower on Richland Two school grounds

Kelly Mill Middle School. 1141 Kelly Mill Rd., Columbia. Drew Hill photos. Some parents of children attending Kelly Mill Middle and bordering Lake Carolina Elementary in Richland District Two, have recently become concerned with a possible new “addition” to school grounds. According to the district’s Chief Communications Officer Libby Roof, Richland Two was approached in 2016 by cell phone companies…

UofSC acquires rare comics collection from single donor worth $2.5 million

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Chapin High School students sign Prom Promise to refrain from driving under influence

prom promise 1 Show Caption Hide Caption prom promise 2 Show Caption Hide Caption prom promise 3 Show Caption Hide Caption prom promise 4 Show Caption Hide Caption Trooper David Jones photos. South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper David Jones spoke to an auditorium of Chapin High students Thursday. Chapin’s prom is Saturday, and Jones stressed the consequences that could come…

UofSC First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides holds book signing, discusses retirement plans

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All moms to receive free admission into State Museum for Mother’s Day

Representatives from the South Carolina State Museum announced Monday that all moms will be celebrated this Mother’s Day (Sunday) with free general admission. In addition to the one-day free admission, mothers will also receive 10 percent off in the Cotton Mill Exchange gift shop. The SCSM offers four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology. Guests…

Lexington High School archery team advances to nationals in first year of competing

LHS archery team. Photo provided. The Lexington High School archery team has hit the mark in its very first season of competition. LHS qualified for the Eastern Nationals event at the 2019 S.C. National Archery in the Schools Program IBO 3D State Championships. The state competition will take place this month in Louisville. The team of 14 archers scored a…

Columbia College celebrates class of 2019

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Dinosaurs Around the World exhibit opening this month at Riverbanks Zoo

Riverbanks Zoo graphic. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden officials are inviting families to take a “Jurassic journey” back in time, when the newest exhibit Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors comes alive. Beginning Memorial Day weekend (May 25), guests visiting the zoo will have the opportunity to experience more than 25 life-size, life-like dinosaurs that will reside along the banks…