Education

Colonial times return to Cayce with 12,000 Year History Park Event

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Columbia literary festival opens with award-winning author

IMG_5458 Show Caption Hide Caption IMG_5460 Show Caption Hide Caption IMG_5459 Show Caption Hide Caption Dorothy Allison holding her Southern Truth Award. Allen Wallace photos. The fourth annual Deckle Edge literary festival opened Friday night with perhaps its most famous guest yet. Dorothy Allison, author of the best-selling and award-winning novel “Bastard Out of Carolina,” delivered the festival’s keynote address…

Junior Cotillion director teaches students life skills, ballroom dancing for 25th year

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Spring Hill High School, River Bluff High School named as Palmetto’s Finest

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman (left) presents Spring Hill High’s principal Michael Lofton with the school’s award. Lexington School District One’s River Bluff High School, and Lexington-Richland District Five’s Spring Hill High School were the two Midlands schools to be named Palmetto’s Finest by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. The announcement was made Tuesday as staff members…

Blythewood High teacher named finalist for statewide Teacher of the Year award

Superintendent Spearman (middle left) surprises Weems (middle right) with a $10,000 check and informs her she is a finalist for SC Teacher of the Year. Photo provided. Blythewood High School teacher Sue Weems was surprised Tuesday by State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. Spearman traveled to the school to notify Weems that she has been selected as one of the…

UofSC researchers seeking participants in soul food health study

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New Lexington Tutoring Academy incorporating physical activity into teaching methods

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Cafeteria contractor accused of having loaded gun, drugs on school property

Tevin Trapp. Booking photo provided by LCSD. The Lexington Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest of a contract employee with Gray Collegiate Academy’s food service vendor. Tevin Trapp, 25, is accused of having marijuana and a gun on school property. He is charged with simple possession of marijuana and carrying a weapon on school grounds, according to arrest warrants. “While patrolling…

Families get opportunity to spend night inside State Museum this weekend

SCSM graphic. The South Carolina State Museum is giving families a chance to experience a night inside the museum Friday. Guests will be able to explore the entire facility including the new Hall of Heroes exhibit and a variety of programs geared toward astronomy. The night will also include special shows in the planetarium and the 4-D theater. Participants can…

Lexington 1 School District hires architects for 5-year building plan

Gilbert Elementary School to be replaced. At its Tuesday meeting, the Lexington County School District One Board awarded contracts for architectural services to six firms. The district is planning $365 million in voter-approved school building improvement projects for a five year period ending in 2023, to meet student needs. JHS Architecture: Integrated Design, Inc., 1812 Lincoln Street, Columbia, will provide…

UofSC launches “BeYOUtiful week” with encouraging notes on mirrors across campus

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Adults take spelling bee stage to raise money for Columbia Children’s Theatre

Allen Wallace photos. It all came down to onomatopoeia. After a friendly but exciting competition at the fifth annual Columbia Spells adult spelling bee, the Greek-based word knocked out the final challengers, and the creatively named Phonics Hookers were champions for a third straight year.. Columbia Children’s Theatre was an even bigger winner, however, as the fundraiser helped fill the…

East Point Academy students celebrate Chinese New Year

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Former Dutch Fork High assistant principal facing new charges related to cocaine, marijuana, solicitation of minor

Floyd White, school photo. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced Friday morning that former assistant principal Floyd White, 29, will face seven additional charges. He has been charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, distribution of cocaine with proximity of a school and distribution of marijuana to a person under…

Midlands program providing job opportunities to formerly incarcerated

REEMERGE is seeking individuals looking for employment who have been formerly incarcerated.  The open call for employees will be held Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 1515 Richland Street in Columbia. Anyone who has been formerly incarcerated, is registered with SC WORKS and is now seeking employment is invited to attend and apply.  Applicants will be screened for…

Gov. Henry McMaster says plan links money for schools to economic development

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Renderings unveiled for new elementary school on Chapin’s Amicks Ferry Road

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Two sets of fraternal twins are major athletes at Lexington High School

LHS basketball players Brooke and Bradley Foulks (left), with Mason Carver and volleyball/track and field athlete Mackenzie Carver. National Center for Health Statistics data shows 33 twins are born for every 1,000 US pregnancies. The odds of having twins competing at the same high school at the same time seem even more rare. At Lexington High, the rare exception is…

Richland One students show off puzzle-solving skills

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Blythewood student gets perfect ACT score on first attempt with no studying

From left to right: Principal Math Sherman, Adrienne Leudicke, Guidance Counselor Sharmain Outlaw. Photo provided. Blythewood High School junior Adrienne Luedicke just “aced” the ACT – a perfect score of 36 – on her first try. According to Blythewood High’s press release, Adrienne said she did nothing to prepare for the test. “I bought an ACT workbook and didn’t touch…

State Museum stays up late for lunar eclipse

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Arts community unites to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

UofSC president Harris Pastides. The federal holiday in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. is Monday, but the celebration of his life began early in Columbia. The University of South Carolina and the Auntie Karen Foundation teamed up to present Freedom Rings: an evening of honoring Dr. King through the arts. UofSC President Harris Pastides opened the evening with…

Library and zoo partner for Critter Cafe

IMG_4213 Show Caption Hide Caption IMG_4212 Show Caption Hide Caption IMG_4214 Show Caption Hide Caption Allen Wallace photos. Richland Library always has a lot more to offer than just books. Saturday at the library’s North Main branch, a group of local kids got a wild surprise. The library partnered with Riverbanks Zoo and Garden to present Critter Cafe, a chance…

House of Raeford donates headphones for every Cayce Elementary student

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