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Jammed election field sets sights on Sumter school board area seats

In addition to the two at-large seats on the Nov. 6 ballot, four area seats on the Sumter School Board are up for grabs in the upcoming election.Twelve of the 13 area-seat candidates took to the … more

A good start to the morning

Alice Drive Elementary School students started the school day Friday with a welcome from members of the Sumter High School football team. PHOTO PROVIDED more

Successful alumnus to give Morris College fall address

Mandrake T. Miller will deliver the address at the annual fall convocation at Morris College at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in Garrick-Boykin Human Development Center. Morris president Dr. Leroy Staggers will … more

CCTC's Surgical Technology Program has 100 percent pass rate

PHOTO PROVIDED CCTC reported that all 2018 graduates of the Surgical Technology Program passed the National Certification for Surgical Technologists examination on the first attempt. This is the seventh year that Brie Weber, academic program … more

Trio of young men, pastor will run for Sumter school board

Three young men and a pastor were among several candidates who signed on during the final week of the filing period for nonpartisan, Sumter School Board seats up for election in November. Filing closed on Wednesday. Shawn Ragin, Caleb Kershaw … more

St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic School celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

On Friday, St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic School celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month through a festive dance celebration by students in the Lower School, Middle School and High School. Dances and songs were planned, taught and choreographed by Spanish … more

Another year of learning begins at Sumter School District

PHOTOS BY MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Students at Willow Drive Elementary School are cheered on as they walk into the school for their first day on Monday. Most students in Sumter School District headed back to classes on Monday, and … more

Sumter school board candidate apologizes for using gay slur at opponent

A Sumter School District Board of Trustees candidate is being asked by state Democratic officials to apologize after a recording revealed her calling a fellow candidate a gay slur. Barbara Bowman, who is seeking the Area 1 Sumter School District … more

Thomas Sumter Academy delegates

PHOTOS PROVIDED Members of the Class of 2019 at Thomas Sumter Academy had the opportunity to attend Palmetto State this summer. Girls State delegates, above, were nominated by TSA and sponsored by The Auxiliary American Legion: Kenzie MacQueen, … more

Sumter native honored by Elie Wiesel Foundation for ethics essay

ROCK HILL - First-generation, low-income students face a unique set of challenges when they enter college. No one knows that better than Winthrop University senior Ana Barkley. For much of her … more

Board takes no action at special meeting

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees took no action at Tuesday's special called meeting at the district office, 1345 Wilson Hall Road. After opening the meeting at 6 p.m., the board went into executive session behind closed doors for … more

'Artist rendering': 21-year-old takes artistic love, turns it into engineering design career at City of Sumter

Ever wonder about what goes into supplying water for your home, what kind of flow is necessary for your sewer line or what factors are involved in paving sidewalks and roads around town? Kristen Nygaard, a Kershaw County native, has found a niche … more

Former Sumter School District employee indicted for embezzlement of $10K+ in school funds

A former Sumter School District employee accused last year in at least one anonymous letter of misusing funds has been charged by the state Grand Jury that is alleging public corruption. Charges … more

Wilson Hall fifth-grade students travel to D.C.

PHOTO PROVIDED Wilson Hall fifth-grade students Henry Jones and Cooper Hill are pictured in front of the replicas of the ships that brought colonists to the Jamestown Settlement in Virginia. The students and their classmates visited Jamestown and … more

Sumter, Lee, Clarendon schools closed indefinitely starting Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Florence

Schools in the following counties, including Sumter, Lee and Clarendon, will be closed starting Tuesday, Sept. 11 until further notice in preparation of Hurricane Florence, which is expected to make … more

Sumter school board to hold special called meeting Monday

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will have a special called meeting on Monday at the district office. A district spokeswoman distributed an agenda on Friday. After opening remarks, the trustees will enter into executive session … more

National Awards Program seeking S.C.'s top youth volunteers of 2018

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for South Carolina's top youth volunteers of the year now through Nov. 6. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have … more

Laurence Manning Academy students speak with attorney general

PHOTOS PROVIDED The 2018 Laurence Manning Academy Student Government Representatives met with South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson on Sept. 24 at the Russell Building on the Statehouse grounds in Columbia. Wilson conducted a … more

Sumter School District official: New achievement plan helped increase test scores

Sumter School District officials attribute increased test scores last school year to a new student achievement plan put in place about a year ago and say they think more growth will follow this year because of new academic programs now in many of … more

School report card release delayed by S.C.

Those chomping at the bit to get the new school report card ratings for all public schools in the state will have to wait a little longer. It's been four years since the state Department of Education provided actual ratings for schools when … more
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