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SC teachers, advocacy groups voice concerns over Berkeley County schools reopening model | News

MONCKS CORNER — Teachers and advocacy groups from across the state descended on the Berkeley County School Board on Tuesday night to voice their frustrations at the district’s reopening model.

Under the district’s current plan, many teachers are required to juggle instruction to students both in person and those who are learning online at the same time. The model requires educators to teach one group of students face to face while also engaging a second group of online students, who usually sign on via video call.

A petition demanding school officials and board members allow teachers to choose one “learning pathway,” either in person or virtual, was started in late September. As of Tuesday, the petition had more than 1,820 signatures.

Teachers and groups from as far away as Columbia and Rock Hill traveled to Moncks Corner to speak to the board. Former Berkeley County teacher Melissa Soule helped organize

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Kyle Rittenhouse, accused in Kenosha shootings, will not face gun charges in Lake County over AR-15-style rifle, prosecutors say

Kyle Rittenhouse will not face gun charges in Lake County related to the AR-15-style weapon he is charged with using to kill two men and wound a third during violent protests in Kenosha in August, prosecutors announced Tuesday.



Mike Nerheim wearing a suit and tie: Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim speaks to the media outside of the Lake County Courthouse on Sept. 25, 2020 in Waukegan.


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Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim speaks to the media outside of the Lake County Courthouse on Sept. 25, 2020 in Waukegan.

An Antioch police investigation found that the Smith & Wesson .223 caliber rifle “was purchased, stored and used in Wisconsin” and turned up no evidence the 17-year-old “physically possessed” the weapon in Illinois, according to a news release from the office of Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim. The news release does not reveal who is believed to have bought or held the gun before the shooting.

The Antioch teen, however, still faces a gun charge in Wisconsin, as Kenosha County prosecutors

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Gadsden County student newspaper takes 2nd place in national competition

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Shortridge High School’s The Daily Echo newspaper staff talks about reviving the oldest school newspaper in the country.

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What can three teenagers do when armed with reporters’ notebooks? Take home an award in a national journalism competition. 

When 17-year-old Maybelline Samoza heard that her three-person Gadsden County High School newspaper had won second place in the American Scholastic Press Association competition, she said it felt like her heart “dropped for a moment.” 

Photo of the Gadsden County High School newspaper award, 2020. (Photo: Special to the Democrat)

Samoza didn’t know that her English and journalism teacher, John Nogowski, had even entered their student newspaper, the Gadsden County Gazette, into the journalism competition during the teenager’s last year at the school. Nogowski told her to check her email to fact check him. 

“I thought he was just kidding,” she said in a recent interview. “I saw the certificate,

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Spotsylvania County kids return to school hybrid model

Spotsylvania County Public Schools kicked off its hybrid model of learning at its buildings.

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. — Some Virginia students got to return to classes in the school buildings Monday. 

Spotsylvania County Public Schools kicked off its hybrid model of learning at its buildings.

The school district said roughly 13,000 students will attend classes in buildings that have been thoroughly cleaned twice a week. Mask usage and social distancing are being enforced among students and staff as well. 

Paul Dotto had pushed school leaders to consider opening the SCPS buildings to students during the summer with a Facebook page named “Open Spotsy Schools.” 

He said he was happy to see his kids return back to physical classes. 

Dotto, who battled COVID-19 in March, said he felt comfortable making the decision to send them after doing some health research on the virus’ impact on children 

“There’s something about socialization, especially with

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Aroostook County, Maine, is home to the largest 3D model of the solar system in the Western Hemisphere

Aroostook County, Maine, is home to the largest 3D model of the solar system in the Western Hemisphere

US News and World Report recently named Aroostook’s Maine School of Science and Mathematics one of the best high schools in the country and if this has your inner science nerd excited, watch a local scientist lead us on a tour of the solar system.


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MATHEMATICS HELPS IT SHINE. >> MORE FROM THE JUST HOW FAR IS IT FILE. FOLKS LIVING IN PRESQUE ISLE, AROOSTOOK’S BIGGEST TOWN, ARE FARTHER NORTH THAN HALF OF ALL CANADIANS, THE MAJORITY OF WHOM LIVE ALONG CANADA’S SOUTHERN BORDER. A PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL WOULD SEEM AN UNLIKELY CANDIDATE FOR NATIONAL ACCLAIM. MAIN SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS. RANKED THE SECOND BEST PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT. >> YOU’VE GOT

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Second Chance Ministry: Wake County bus driver Odessa Harris runs clothing pantry that is in need of donations this fall and winter

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) — A Wake County clothing pantry is in need of donations.

Odessa Harris has been a bus driver in Wake Country for nearly a decade and a half.

Harris sees the needs of all of her students as they get on and off the school bus every day.

“I see a lot of them and they don’t have coats,” Harris said. “One of the students last winter, she got on the bus and I was like ‘Where is your coat at?’ and she said ‘I don’t have one.'”

For that student, Odessa says she went into her own closet to give her a coat.

“If I don’t have it, I go to the store and purchase one,” said Harris.

That’s not the first time or student Odessa has helped.

In 2015, Odessa felt a calling from the Lord– a clothing ministry which she named Second Chance

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Ocean County Natives Make Anime-Style Netflix Series

SEASIDE PARK, NJ — Somebody once asked George Lucas how to break into the movie business. The “Star Wars” visionary simply said, “Somehow.” Charley Parlapanides remembered that moment as he and his brother reflected on going from Seaside Park to Central Regional schools to Hollywood.

Netflix will release Charley and Vlas Parlapanides’s anime-style series “Blood of Zeus” on Oct. 27. The program revolves around Heron, a commoner on the outskirts of ancient Greece, discovering secrets of his past and trying to save heaven and earth.

Watch the trailer below:

Influences for the series include sagas of epic worlds with otherworldly characters — “The Lord of the Rings,” “Star Wars” and Greek mythology. But it wouldn’t have been possible without the brothers’ humble, small-town, Greek-American upbringings.

“We grew up in the Jersey Shore — immigrant family who believed in working hard and getting educated,” Charley said. “We felt we had to

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Alameda County Gyms, Libraries, Beauty Salons Reopen Friday

ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA — Gyms, nail salons, libraries and museums were among the businesses allowed to open their doors Friday in Alameda County.

All businesses were subject to safety modifications, per state COVID-19 guidelines.

The following services were allowed to resume Friday:

  • Fitness centers (up to 10 percent capacity; restrictions on classes and aerobic exercise);

  • Personal care services that don’t require the removal of a mask, such as nail salons and electrolysis;

  • Libraries (up to 25 percent capacity);

  • Hotels, lodging for tourism (no indoor pools or fitness centers);

  • Museums, zoos, aquariums (up to 25 percent capacity); and

  • Outdoor film production.

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, elementary schools may reopen in accordance with state and local safety guidelines, Alameda County said late Thursday afternoon in a news release. The county may consider reopening middle and high schools in three to 11 weeks, depending on COVID-19 data trends in the future.

No public

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Retailers, restaurants line up for new shopping center coming to Nexton in Berkeley County | Real Estate

SUMMERVILLE — The $30 million first phase of development for a new retail center in Berkeley County is underway.

Charleston developer Eddie Buck has begun construction on North Creek Market at Nexton along U.S. Highway 176 and on both sides of North Creek Drive, directly across from the massive Cane Bay community.

The two parcels on North Creek Drive, acquired by affiliates of Buck Management Inc. in 2018 for $12.7 million, total 53 acres.

The larger, 28-acre tract directly across from Publix supermarket will include McDonald’s restaurant as well auto parts store Auto Zone and Time To Shine Car Wash.



Blue Water gas station at North Creek Market at Nexton

A Blue Water gas station and convenience store will anchor the corner of a new retail development called North Creek Market at Nexton at U.S. Highway 176 and North Creek Drive in Berkeley County. Rendering/Coast Architects


On the backside of the parcel near a retention pond, a 500-unit, 70,000-square-foot Extra

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Franklin County groups get $900,000 for domestic violence prevention

Earl Hopkins
 
| The Columbus Dispatch

A collaboration among several Franklin County agencies received a $900,000 award for a new safety model to combat domestic violence and protect victims. 

The 2020 Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office for Violence Against Women, will establish the Blueprint for Safety model through September 2023, Franklin County and Columbus officials announced Tuesday morning.

Originally developed and implemented in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the new model will create a more-coordinated community response and enhance victim safety by focusing on collaboration and information-sharing among service providers.

The Blueprint for Safety, grounded in the experiences of victims of violence, will support agencies’ ability to intercede in new acts of violence, intimidation or coercion, and place added accountability on domestic violence offenders, officials said in a news release announcing the program.

Based

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