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Sumter alum wants parents, students to understand 'full rides are possible'

Want a solution to rising college costs? Sumter native Melinda Mihlbauer probably has an answer. A career high school guidance counselor during the day at Woodland High School in Dorchester County School District 4, Mihlbauer is sometimes … more

Poets Ray McManus, Ed Madden join forces at Columbia Museum of Art

SUBMITTED The Columbia Museum of Art announces The Write Around Series with Ed Madden and Ray McManus, the latest initiative in its new Writer-in-Residence program. On Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m., award-winning poets Madden and McManus launch the … more

Congressman Ralph Norman to lecture at USC Sumter Constitution Day Program

SUBMITTED South Carolina's Fifth Congressional District leader in the United States House of Representatives, Ralph Norman, will present the annual Constitution Day lecture at the University of South Carolina Sumter at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, … more

Local students to perform for equestrian games

The Lemira Percussion Ensemble will present two performances on Monday as part of the 2018 World Equestrian Games being held this year in Tryon, North Carolina, at Tryon International Equestrian Center. The games take place every four years and are … more

2 Sumter School District teachers selected for STAR

Lakia Gaines, Sumter Career and Technology Center Aerospace Engineering teacher, and Marina Mosneaguta from Alice Drive Middle School have been selected to participate in the STAR (Strategies for Teacher Advancement and Renewal) program sponsored by … more

Clarendon Hall awarded Monsanto grant from farmer to improve tech

FROM STAFF REPORTS SUMMERTON - County farmer Troy Allan of Oak III Farms directed a $2,500 grant to Clarendon Hall as part of the America's Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Allan, a Clarendon Hall graduate and … more

Baron Drag Relay

PHOTO PROVIDED Wilson Hall junior Haile McElveen is pulled by classmates Mary Catherine Matthews and Savanna McKiethen in the Baron Drag Relay during The Baron Games pep rally. Sponsored by the student council, the annual pep rally for students … more

Sumter School board interviews 4 search consulting firms

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees interviewed four superintendent search consulting firms in executive session on Tuesday night at a special called meeting at the district office. After the interviews, the board returned to open session … more

My Community and Me makes schedule changes

My Community and Me, a program that teaches fourth-graders about the Sumter community with the help of recruited volunteers, has made changes to its 2018 schedule because of Hurricane Florence. The updated Community Circles schedule is as … more

Sumter School District earns millions in grants for mental health services, academic performance

Sumter School District will receive two new multi-million-dollar grants during multiple-year time-frames to address students' mental health issues and academic achievement. District officials informed the Board of Trustees of the grants on Monday … more

Board to hold special called meeting about Sumter superintendent search

Sumter School District’s Board of Trustees will have a special called meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at the district office, 1345 Wilson Hall Road. A district spokeswoman distributed an agenda … more

Sumter races called; Baker, Ragin win at large school board seats, Davis upsets Galiano for City Council

With 94.83 percent of precincts reporting in Tuesday’s midterm general election in Sumter County, The Sumter Item is calling races for local seats. Republican incumbent Murrell Smith has won … more

Campus corner: Aug. 29, 2018

Central Carolina Technical College Central Carolina Technical College President Dr. Michael Mikota has announced the Summer 2018 student honors lists. This term, 234 students have been honored. The President's List recognizes students who were … more

Former Lakewood, Furman principal takes Sumter School Board's District 2

In a race that came down to two former educators in Sumter School District 2, Sherril Ray defeated John Michalik and Charles M. Smith with 40.44 percent of the vote. “I’m very honored … more

Thomas Sumter Academy students participate in SCISA conference

PHOTO PROVIDED Student leaders from 31 South Carolina Independent School Association schools, including Thomas Sumter Academy, held their fall conference recently in the House of Representatives Chambers at the Statehouse in Columbia. While in … more

Sumter's youngest school board candidate wins District 1 seat

Residents in Sumter School Board's District 1 knew they would have a new neighbor representing them on the Board of Trustees after Tuesday's election, and now they know it will likely be Brian … more

Thomas Sumter teacher Matthew Mac McLeod secures Sumter School Board District 3 seat

A former Sumter School District 2 board member for five years before district consolidation in 2011, Matthew “Mac” McLeod took the District 3 seat by a wide margin. With all precincts … more

Sumter School Board may make selection on search firm Monday

Academic achievement and programs highlight the agenda for Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' regular monthly meeting on Monday, along with the potential selection of a superintendent search consulting firm. A district spokeswoman … more

Superintendent search consulting firm to address school board Monday

After recently selecting a search consulting firm to help in finding its next full-time superintendent, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will hear from that firm Monday at its next regularly scheduled meeting. A district spokeswoman … more

Sumter County Interagency Transition Team to host Resource Night on Tuesday

The Sumter County Interagency Transition Team of the Transition Alliance of South Carolina will host a free Student Resource Night at 220 Hasell St. from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. "It's for students … more
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