PBS documentary highlights Lancaster veteran, residents celebrate wins

Works by 86 students were on display during the Nov. 30 York County High Schools Art Show hosted by the Arts Council of York County. Several students took home awards.
Works by 86 students were on display during the Nov. 30 York County High Schools Art Show hosted by the Arts Council of York County. Several students took home awards. Contributed photo

Residents are celebrating awards and other accomplishments. Here are a few.

Lancaster’s Elliot Springs to be featured in PBS documentary

Three young Americans from the South volunteered as pilots in World War I. A documentary tells their story.

“War Birds: Diary of an Unknown Aviator,” a 57-minute documentary, will air at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on PBS Charlotte.

The show tells the story of pilots Elliot White Springs of South Carolina, John McGavock Grider of Arkansas and Lawrence Callahan of Kentucky.

Springs was born in Lancaster to Leroy Springs and Grace Allison White Springs. The Springs family, who started the Springs Close Foundation, has ties to Chester, Lancaster and York counties.

PBS Charlotte is on channel 42 on AT&T U-Verse, DirecTV, DISH Network and Comporium (HD channel 1109), according to the PBS Charlotte website. Fibrant customers can tune to channel 704, M1 Connection customers to 705, and CTC Video Service customers to channel 4.

York family named Farm Bureau Young Farmers finalists

Jesse and Tracy Miskelly of York County have been named one of three finalists in the 2018 South Carolina Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Contest.

The Miskelly family was chosen during the bureau’s recent annual meeting held in Myrtle Beach, a release states.

The award recognizes farmers and ranchers who earn most of their income from their own work in agriculture, and who contribute to agriculture and the Farm Bureau.

The S.C. Farm Bureau is a nonprofit organization that supports family farmers, locally-grown food and rural lands, a release states.

The couple will compete with other finalists from Charleston and Spartanburg counties to win $500, a Polaris ATV and all-expense paid trips to the 2018 American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference in Reno, Nev., and the 2019 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in New Orleans.

The winner will be announced in January at the organization’s conference in Greenville.

Sixth Circuit Solicitor sworn in as special assistant U.S. attorney

Sixth Circuit Assistant Solicitor Melissa Heimbaugh was sworn in Dec. 5 as a special assistant U.S. attorney in Columbia.

The Sixth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, serving Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties, has partnered with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to target repeat offenders, a release states.

Heimbaugh will work with state and federal court to prosecute repeat offenders, the release states.

“We are slamming the door on career criminals. We recognize career criminals receive much longer sentences in federal court as opposed to state court,” Solicitor Randy Newman said in the release.

Heimbaugh will work with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to target repeat offenders in the local area.

“Having the option of prosecuting repeat offenders in Federal Court, will not only make our communities safer, but will save court time and taxpayer dollars,” Newman said.

Fort Mill school district named to AP District Honor Roll

Fort Mill is one of three South Carolina school districts and one 447 school districts across the United States and Canada to be named to the College Board’s AP District Honor Roll, a release states.

To make the annual honor roll, Fort Mill had to increase, since 2015, the number of students participating in Advanced Placement courses and increase or maintain the number of students who earn AP exam scores of 3 or higher.

School districts, Fort Mill included, are working to expand access to AP courses to all students. According to 2017 national data, only about half of students of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander that show they are ready for AP are participating, a release states.

“The first step to getting more of these students to participate is to give them access. Courses must be made available, gatekeeping must stop, and doors must be equitably opened. The Fort Mill school district is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds,” the release states.

To meet the honor roll, districts had to increase participation and expand access to AP courses by at least four percent in large districts, six percent in medium size districts and 11 percent in small districts. They also had to increase or maintain performance levels as compared to 2015.

Districts also had to increase or maintain the percentage of minority students who take the exams and score at least a 3 on one AP exam.

York County high school students receive art awards

Works by 86 students were on display during the Nov. 30 York County High Schools Art Show hosted by the Arts Council of York County.

The following students took home awards:

▪ Best of Show - Hannah Huffmon, Northwestern High School

▪ First place - Kalia Honaker, Fort Mill High School

▪ Second place - Lily Morris, Rock Hill High School

▪ Third place - Noel Heil, Nation Ford High School

Honorable mentions were Morgan Winters and Kateryna Hunicheva of Fort Mill High School, Janie Edwards, Rebekah Wood and Brooke Vernier of Northwestern High School and Hannah Johnson of Rock Hill High School.

Amanda Harris: 803-329-4082