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S.C. District School Buses Aid in Hurricane Evacuations

School bus riders attending Greenville County Schools in northwest South Carolina will be without bus service Thursday after the state's emergency management agency ordered the buses to assist in evacuating coastal residents ahead of Hurricane Matthew. 

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Ride-Hailing: Opportunity or Threat?

In the past, traveling in a city meant you hailed a taxi to take you from place to place. That has completely changed with travelers now using apps to find an Uber or Lyft driver in the area that quickly picks them up and takes them where they need to go.

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Roundup: District Trains Employees as Bus Drivers, Pair Arrested for Assaulting Bus Driver and More

School employees in Bibb County, Georgia, are training to be licensed school bus drivers, learning how to parallel park, inspect the buses and how to look out for road signs and railroad crossings. For some, driving is easy, but it's a lengthy application process. To become a bus driver in Bibb County, you have to apply online and interview. You must pass a background check and a written test for the Commercial Driver's License permit. You also must pass the driving test. There's a lot that drivers have to learn, and most of the training doesn’t happen behind the wheel. Bibb County Driving Instructor Enos Curry said the driving students take class after field training to learn policy and procedures. Curry said the licensing takes time, and it's hard to find drivers. “Most transportation departments have a bus driver shortage because of lack of pay,” Curry said. “And now with the times being so different, the upbringing of children is different.” Rutland High School Coach Cindy Folendore is getting certified so she can drive her tennis and cross country teams to games and tournaments. “It's fun. It's not bad at all,” Folendore said. “It's not difficult. It's like driving a full-sized car.”

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Roundup: Mobile Food Program Delivers Food and Smiles, A Tax Rate for Transportation and More

A dozen smiling youngsters boarded a school bus, but they weren't going to school. They were sitting down to eat lunch. The repurposed bus is one of two mobile cafeterias that visit children where they live and play. Every weekday this summer, the buses bearing "KIDS EAT FREE" signs on the windows and modified to have cafe-style benches and tables inside, travel across the county delivering lunches to children who might otherwise go without. The program began June 8, and so far the district has been serving an average of 275 children in the north community and an average of 225 children in the south community, with numbers increasing daily. "It puts a smile on our faces seeing them running up to the bus," said an Oslo Middle School cafeteria manager. "They're waiting on us to get here, so it makes us feel good when we make that turn."

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